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  • Date Photo Taken

    07 / 19 / 2015

  • Season Photo Was Taken


  • Region Photo Was Taken


  • City

    Long Island

  • State

    New York

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Green/light green leaves, 5 points has taken over my garden. More of a bush like plant w/branches on the soft side. Has brownish red stems/vines, the ends will curl (spring like) around anything near, choking them. Have cut all down three years in a row, continues to come back. Growth rate ridiculously fast and it very invasive. Has grown up my hedges, trees, and clothes line. Have also noticed ‘shoots’ coming out of ground several feet away. Want it gone w/o killing everything. PLEASE HELP!


  • ccooper Leaf Lover says:

    Grapevines are hard to eradicate; each piece of root keeps sprouting. Dig out the roots for sure. But you will keep digging and digging them every year. I have been fighting the same ones for 20 years but I am winning. They are tenacious, though.

    September 30th, 2015 at 5:21pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    On the other hand, if it’s cut back every year, that might keep if from maturing enough to bear fruit. Getting rid of it? Other than digging out the roots, you could try cutting it back and applying Roundup with a brush to the stem every time it tries to put out new growth.

    July 25th, 2015 at 10:29am

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    Most of the wild grapevines (mostly muscadine) I see in the Southeast do not yield fruit. I’m no botanist, but I believe that each vine bears flowers of only one sex, and must be located so as to get pollinated. To try to identify yours, you can go to the following website, where genuses of the grape family are listed, including the ‘somewhat closely related’ ones (other than vitis) like peppervine and porcelain berry, etc. Links on the page take you to pictures.

    July 23rd, 2015 at 1:43pm

  • Jhes Apprentice says:

    Thank you for your replies. If it is some kind of grape vine would it have actual grapes on it? I haven’t ever seen any, it’s been growing for quite a few years. Is there a way to get rid of it without killing everything near it? I have cut it down several times and it keeps coming back with a vengeance! I don’t really know much about plants so I appreciate your help. Thank you!

    July 22nd, 2015 at 9:41pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    I agree. It does look more like ‘grape’ than ‘somewhat closely related to grape’, per my response to the previous post.

    July 22nd, 2015 at 4:52pm

  • Alan Unregistered says:

    Sure looks like grapevine to me.

    July 22nd, 2015 at 12:48am

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