Thorny Problem Plant

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Date Photo Taken: 07/23/2013
Location: Greenville, SC
Posted By: MC22396


We purchased our house in July and due to the lapse in yard maintenance by the previous owner this thorny plant has taken over behind my garage. They seem to grow on runners which pop up all over the place. Most are small but some have gotten quite large (10 ft plus). Long thorns (2 inches ) cover the base and stem of the less mature plants. I cut down all of the plants using pruning shears and the lawn mower but I would like to eradicate them from my yard permanently. Thank you for you help.


  1. Metrosideros Flower Fanatic says:

    Maybe a type of Crataegus, Hawthorn.

    February 26th, 2014 at 6:10 pm
  2. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    based on the thornyness and “pop up all over the place” I think these are Callery pear sprouts.


    Keep mowing them down…it will take at least a year to control

    February 26th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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