Volunteer Shrub in Marietta, Georgia

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Date Photo Taken: 17 June 2011
Location: Marietta, GA
Posted By: SS


Spreading shrub took root under an Oak tree about 10 years ago. It is approximately 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It has dark green glossy leaves which stay green all year. In the fall it has berries that look like small, hard blueberries.


  1. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    This is Hedera helix, or good ol’ English Ivy! It doesn’t look like normal English Ivy because it is reeeeeeely old. Compare to this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43345920@N03/3992942663/

    June 23rd, 2011 at 9:41 pm
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Is this plant growing like a vine or is it more shrub like with a main stem and branches?

    June 24th, 2011 at 8:05 pm
  3. SS Unregistered says:

    The plant definitely looks like mature English Ivy as per Southern Garden Coach. There is a lot of English Ivy in the yard which I try to irradiate or control, but this shrub like plant does not grow like a vine. It does have a central stem about 3″ – 4″ in diameter and many heavy horizontal “branches”. The plant is actually very pretty – it’s growing above a log retaining wall and drapes down, but has never attached itself to the wall.

    June 26th, 2011 at 1:38 pm
  4. Alice Walker Apprentice says:

    I don’t know what it is, but I have one, too. Mine grows like a shrub and has shiny rather fleshy leaves like your plant. It attaches itself to the wood fence like ivy, but it has branches that grow straight…not as vines. Does that sound like your plant? Hope we find out what it is!

    July 16th, 2011 at 2:49 pm
  5. Bobby Unregistered says:

    I think the key word in Coach’s comment is reeeeeeely. Did I get the e count right? Anyway this one has reeeeeeeally sparked my curosity as well. I am probably not old enough to have seen one of these! To the point. Where were we? Oh yes, Old. More precisely, old and sunny. Check out this link and let me know what you think. http://www.paghat.com/treeivy.html

    July 16th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

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