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OK, so what is this shrub that is everywhere?

Posted by Hobbes_in_Dobbs z5a NY (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 5, 05 at 22:42

OK, probably everyone but me knows the name of this shrub, but it's everywhere here in central NY, it's got an arching habit, it can get pretty big (I guess 6 feet or more), it grows in shade, it is covered with creamy-white astilbe-like fluffy flowers in Aug-Sept (at least), it's got big heart shaped to oval leaves, not serrated, they reming me of red-twig dogwood leaves. The long arched stems are dark. What am I???
Thanks, Hobbes

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RE: OK, so what is this shrub that is everywhere?

Japanese knotweed??

RE: OK, so what is this shrub that is everywhere?

Butterfly Bush?

RE: OK, so what is this shrub that is everywhere?

I think herbalbetty is right, if it's what grows around here next to streambeds. I drive by big bushes of it that grow alongside the creek I drive past while going to work.

Here is a link that might be useful: Info and picture of Japanese Knotweed

RE: OK, so what is this shrub that is everywhere?

Knotweed is a horrible, invasive pest and almost impossible to eradicate. It's also called Japanese bamboo, thereby slandering the bamboo family. You can try round-up but it will require persistence. My sister smothered it by putting a tarp over the patch and leaving it on for a year - and spraying roundup on anything that crept out from under.
This rivals purple loosestrife as an invasive and should be destroyed when seen.

RE: OK, so what is this shrub that is everywhere?

Thanks everyone-- I looked it up, and it definitely is knotweed that I'm asking about -- you know, I thought it was weird that all of a sudden, I saw this everywhere-- and to think that I imagined it might be good for a "problem area" I have-- whew! It's a good thing I asked! It could have taken over my property! --Hobbes

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