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    08 / 20 / 2015

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This weed grows from roots that have spread underground. The more you pull it, the more invasive it becomes. At about 10-12″ it develops thorns. If left alone, it will grow to 15-20 feet. I want, desparately to get rid of it. When I pulled out every sprout as best I could from the roots 2 months ago, the number of new sprouts tripled to the thickness shown in the photos. It does not resemble any other trees nor shrubs in the area. What is this and more importantly, how do I get rid of it?


  • stone Master Identifier says:

    They’re so pretty! I’ve planted them at my house several times, and the voles keep killing them. The wood doesn’t rot, so they can be used as fence posts, or othe projects where the wood is in contact with the soil… Like raised beds… They are fabaceae, so they add atmospheric nitrogen to the soil… If it was me, I’d just plan on cutting them down with an axe where ever they came up…. The trick isto wait until they’re tall enough to be worth bothering with… And then chop through the soil and sever the roots, rather than chopping through the tree… Alternatively, it’s no big deal to dig them out with a shovel when they’re small…. I can usually get a foot or two of the root… When I dig them…the roots run right near the surface of the soil… Or… Maybe you’d like a bunch of my voles?

    August 21st, 2015 at 8:36am

  • pennydg Apprentice says:

    Thank you! I contacted the local extension service center this afternoon and they said the same thing. It appears the only way to get rid of it is with an herbicide. If anyone knows of a different method, please comment. I want to use this area to plant other flowering plants, shrubs and edibles. So, I would prefer to not poison the soil if it can be avoided. Thank you.

    August 21st, 2015 at 1:17am

  • whatweed Master Identifier says:

    May be black locust

    August 21st, 2015 at 12:23am

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