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Vine- heart shaped leaves

Posted by poaky1 6 pa (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 10, 13 at 2:37

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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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

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


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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

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.


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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

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.


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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

  • Posted by kimpa z6b PA (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 10, 13 at 18:17

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!


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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

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.


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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

Nightshade, "Solanine".

Here is a link that might be useful: Solanine


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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

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."


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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

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.


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RE: Vine- heart shaped leaves

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.


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