Vines and Climbers forum: Unknown Invasive Vine

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byer14
May 8, 2016 2:20 PM CST
I just recently bought a house, and the backyard is kind of a jungle. There is one vine that seems to be wrapping around everything it touches. I did some research, and the only thing I could find close was Virginia Creeper, or wild grapes. Does anyone know what this is? Any help would be appreciated. I live in central Ohio if that helps.

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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
May 8, 2016 8:58 PM CST
Not sure what it is but I do know it's not Virginia creeper. If you don't get an ID here try the plant ID forum http://garden.org/forums/view/plantid/

Thinking it may be poison oak.
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stillwood
May 10, 2016 7:33 AM CST
In the last photo I see Virginia creeper down on the ground (five leaves in a circle), but the vine is not Virginia creeper. Here in AL and also in former home of NC Virginia creeper is frequently found with poison ivy as they like the same habitats. I have never seen poison oak (that I knew as poison oak), but maybe that also likes to hang out with Virginia creeper. Be really careful of this one!
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vic
May 10, 2016 7:53 AM CST
I think I see poison ivy in the photo's but it could be poison oak as well. Definitely wear gloves and keep your arms and everything covered when removing this vine. I "think" poison oak has 5 leaves.

Something I was taught ...

Leaves of 3, leave them be
Leaves of 5 will eat you alive

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stillwood
May 10, 2016 7:57 AM CST
Virginia creeper (with 5 leaves) is not poisonous, but likes to hang out with "bad actors".
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Hemophobic
May 10, 2016 8:12 AM CST
Not Virginia Creeper. Don't know where you're located, but with gloves, very carefully take a cutting with leaves,
put it in a plastic bag and take to your local county extension office if you have one. They should be able to help
you ID it. If you don't have a county extension office, try to locate a master gardener in your area and ask for
help. Be careful not to let any part of the plant touch your skin when taking a cutting and be sure to sterilize
your pruner afterward, too.

Good luck!
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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
May 10, 2016 8:38 AM CST
This may help.

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RickM
Jun 19, 2016 8:46 PM CST
If it turns out to be poison ivy or poison oak, you need to be very careful removing it. Be sure to wear gloves and goggles. A face/dust mask wouldn't be a bad idea either. Carefully cut it out and place all pieces in a double trash bag or mulch bag. Carefully seal and dispose of. DO NOT BURN IT !

If you're not opposed to using chemicals, another method would be to get Bayer Advanced Brush Killer for Poison Ivy (Says it right on the front label). Pour some into a buck, cut the vine and stick both cut ends into the bucket. The vine will suck it up and die within several days.

Regardless of how you remove it, once you're done, get rid of the gloves, goggles and mask. Wash exposed skin thoroughly with soapy water and dry with disposable towels.

If you're lucky, you may have little or no reaction if you come in contact with it. I grew up with a guy that, if exposed, would have severe reactions and be totally miserable for days.
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nativeplantlover
Jul 5, 2016 12:12 PM CST
Hi there!,
I see this an older post- but believe you have several types vines in all of these pics. The last pics with the "furry" vine is Poison Ivy. You can also see the leaves of Virginia Creeper at the ground in this last photo and the second to last pic. See the little sucker- like pads? The smooth wooden like vine with the wood running vertically in the 2nd from the top picture IS a grape vine. See the large older tendrils connected? The leaves in the very first picture seem to be from the tree itself. Smiling Hope you got the issues sorted out!
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Name: stone
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stone
Jul 23, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Me 2!
I see virginia creeper 2, plus wild grapes...
The leaves in first pic r mulberry...

Image 4 with the bird nest looking vine might be poison ivy...

Incidentally.... Poison oak does not climb.... Plus... None of those vines are invasive.... Aggressive, yes... But vines generally are aggressive.
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