Invasive Vine

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Invasive Vine

Postby soccermomof3 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:31 pm

I'm wondering if anyone knows the identity of this vine, and if you have any hints on how to control it. The first picture shows it covering a wild rose plant, while the second shows it covering the lower levels of a birch tree. The third pic shows a wall of it growing alongside the road, and the last shows how it can completely cover whole trees. We have some on our property and try to pull/cut it out when we can, but it is in some of the wilder, harder-to-reach areas, and we're worried it could really have an impact on the trees and other bushes. Any thoughts?
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Re: Invasive Vine

Postby orchidguy » Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:37 pm

It looks like a wild grape, called Vitis riparia . It is known by the names of Manitoba grape, riverbank grape or frost grape.

Their grapes are great for jams, jellies and wine, and they are used as a rootstock for more tender grapes. I keep a couple here, but away from flower beds or copses of trees, and have been designated to climbers for a few of the outbuildings, which they cover nicely,

Hope this helps, and let us know if that's what this is
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Re: Invasive Vine

Postby soccermomof3 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:22 pm

The foliage of these vines does seem to look the same as vitis riparia, but it does not get fruit, nor the fluffy flowers (?) that I saw in some pictures.
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