Plant ID forum→Climbing ground cover, zone 5b

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citrusk
Apr 11, 2020 9:57 AM CST
Hi, looking to identify this plant that seems to have taken over the entire patio.
Zone 5b.
Climbing ground cover, also climbing on the fence, with a large thorny stem (?)

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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Apr 11, 2020 11:41 AM CST
The plant you are showing there is Euonymus fortunei - Purpleleaf Wintercreeper Euonymus.

It, however, does NOT carry any thorns anywhere. It IS a persistent and pestiferous invasive exotic.

You might want to find the thorny stem you described, photo it, and post it for identification.
John
Midwest
citrusk
Apr 11, 2020 4:31 PM CST
Thanks!
My pics are not great but the one of the fence did include that the part I was referring to as a thorny stem of some sort.
See pic where the arrows are.
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porkpal
Apr 11, 2020 4:58 PM CST
I think the thorns you are seeing are actually gripper roots it uses to climb.
Porkpal
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Apr 12, 2020 9:55 AM CST
Agree with porkpal, and that is going to do serious damage to that lattice if it is wood.

I'm always somewhat surprised with the technological ease with which some will resort to modifying an image, instead of going out the door and taking a new one with closer focus, etc. Be that as it may...

Euonymus fortunei will never have thorns. The ways that it attaches to that which it climbs are zealous, and will be very hard to remove. Usually, the effective treatment is to cut the stem at the ground and wait for it to dry up.

John

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