Vine- heart shaped leaves

poaky1September 10, 2013

I have a row of Yew shrubs between me and my neighbor. He is in bad condition. His back and legs are not in good shape. He fell out of a tree stand last fall. I have a heart shaped vine eating up the yews and a red oak tree. It tried to engulf my Musa Banana trees too. What will kill it? Round-up at the regular mix rate did nothing. There is a take-over on his side of this vine. The whole Yew is swallowed by this vine. I don't know how to reach the source of this vine, because the yews are hiding the vine at ground level.

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Nightshade, "Solanine", is a vining plant with heart shaped leaves and purple berries.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 7:38AM
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Pipevine also has heart-shaped leaves, and I had to get rid of mine because it suckered everywhere. Can you give us a picture of the vine so the ID can be established? You are going to have to find the main stem at some point, though.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 10:32AM
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I don't know of, and can't find, any plant called Solanine. If you mean one of the Solanums, they don't have heart shaped leaves.

A picture would be really useful. It could even be a morning glory.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 2:24PM
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kimpa(z6b PA)

Or bindweed. Get a teenager with an Iphone to take a picture and post it. In the mean time you can just cut it as low as you can around the yew and at least the portion above the cuts will die. What a monster!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 6:17PM
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The leaves on Solanum dulcamara can sometimes be heart shaped, more arrow, but can also be thought of a broadly heart shaped. This vine is very common as a strangler of evergreens here in PA, especially if the branches grow to the ground, or in a hedge situation. In a situation like that, the people don't see it take root, and it is more likely to explode after about 3 years. The vine is whitish or greyish, with fleshy wood. A small vine the size of a pencil at the ground can cover a good sized shrub with leaves.

Poaky, you're a regular on here. You know the drill. Tell us about any flowers, what the stems look like, anything. You sound like somebody doing a drive by for ID. You know if ken finds this post he'll likely come on and harangue you.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 10:40PM
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Nightshade, "Solanine".

Here is a link that might be useful: Solanine

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 11:29AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

The plant at that link isn't being called solanine (and isn't the same plant being discussed here as nightshade.)

The very first paragraph:
"The chemicals contained within deadly nightshade (or atropa belladonna) have been used throughout history and still have valuable uses in today's society. The most pronounced chemical (the compound that is responsible for most of the nightshade's more unusual properties), is solanine."

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 5:48PM
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Although some of the leaves on Solanum dulcamara can be narrowly heart shaped they are variable and I don't think that heart-shaped would be an obvious description for that plant. We also don't have any idea of the scale of these leaves. They could be huge like Vitis coignetiae. We really need a picture.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 11:01AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Just from the fact that the OP is in PA, I'd guess Polygonum convolvulus or relative if no pic is forthcoming. So many vines have truly heart-shaped leaves.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 5:25PM
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what is this plants name and does it bloom?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 12:48PM
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Whatever it is, I think I have it too. When we first bought our house in Massachusetts it was a dark green vine that had completely overtaken a screen porch. I don't know if the previous owners had planted it or not, but it was hell on earth to get rid of it. It took a lot of digging, a lot of round up, and at least three years to just get it under control. It was gone "for good" after we tore down the screen porch and built an addition.

Now I think it's back, though more delicate with lighter green leaves. I assume that's because it's young. I've searched high and low, but every similar vine I've found flowers, and this stuff doesn't seem to.

I'm stumped.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 1:21PM
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The best solution is to pull it out as often as needed. It weakens the plant to have to keep replacing the leaves and eventually it will decline. If you can't reach the base,just keep wacking the plant as far down as you can reach. By all means, do not let it flower.
Plants reproduce several ways-through seed or root. Preventing it from flowering by cutting it off before it matures,stops some weeds. Others that reproduce through roots as well, like dandelions,need a more vigorous approach. I've even cut off some weeds and sprayed vinegar on them so that it would affect the root. You need to be careful if this would affect some of your other plants but it can be very effective at managing weeds.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 12:16PM
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