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newbie_gardener
Jun 17, 2021 11:24 AM CST
Here's a vine that's growing off of my back porch. Is it poison ivy? If not, what is it?
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BigBill
Jun 17, 2021 11:33 AM CST
No, it is definitely not poison ivy.
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porkpal
Jun 17, 2021 11:39 AM CST
Is it really a vine? Or could it be a young tree?
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deepsouth
Jun 17, 2021 12:03 PM CST

maple ..looks like a red maple
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sooby
Jun 17, 2021 12:05 PM CST
I would say maple.
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BigBill
Jun 17, 2021 12:16 PM CST
I think that it is a vine. I have something that looks an awful lot like this coming up in several places in my backyard.

The top image looks a bit like Silver Maple but the second image looks more like a Red Maple.
The leaves seem to emerge opposite which is Maple-like but it is a creeping crawly growth habit. I have a Red Maple in my yard right now and I have hundreds of seedlings from time to time. Those little suckers grow straight up, not down and creeping.
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plantladylin
Jun 17, 2021 12:45 PM CST
My first thought was also that they were Maple leaves but if it's a vine, I wonder if it could be a variety of Ampelopsis (Peppervine, a/k/a Porcelain Berry)?

Porcelain Berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata)
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Peppervine (Ampelopsis arborea)
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sooby
Jun 17, 2021 1:00 PM CST
Ampelopsis would have alternate leaves though? There's nothing in my trees and shrubs field guide that has opposite leaves like that and is a vine. Could it be a maple or maples that is/are stretching for more light?

I guess the main thing is it isn't poison ivy!
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Jun 17, 2021 1:03 PM CST
Those have alternate leaves. I'd say wonky maple.
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plantladylin
Jun 17, 2021 1:33 PM CST
D'Oh! I didn't pay any attention to leaf arrangement. *Blush* We've got a few Red Maple (Acer rubrum) around here. We had one area of our property cleared of invasive vines and trees and there were some wonky seedlings in the mix that were vying for light. Hopefully newbie_gardener will report back with thoughts. I'd suggest digging one out and photographing the entire thing, if possible.
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Jun 17, 2021 3:27 PM CST
I believe it's a baby maple tree of some type that is not in enough sun to be upright, or had some kind of physical event that caused it to bend or lean.
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plantladylin
Jun 17, 2021 3:40 PM CST
For comparison:

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ViburnumValley
Jun 18, 2021 10:13 PM CST
Interesting that newbie_gardener has gone to sleep, or ignored this request for information.

The images - to me - are unquestionably opposite arrangement of simple leaves, and are categorically Red Maple - Acer rubrum. The requestor doesn't know the plant, and despite the description as a vine (incorrect for the species) should not lead observers here down a Primula sp. path.

Since arrangement is clearly opposite, this plant cannot be any of the species mentioned that are alternate in leaf arrangement, and certainly not any that have compound foliage.
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SonoveShakespeare
Jun 18, 2021 10:57 PM CST
Could it possibly be a wild grape vine??? Some grape vines have leaves that do look maple-like.
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sooby
Jun 19, 2021 3:34 AM CST
SonoveShakespeare said:Could it possibly be a wild grape vine??? Some grape vines have leaves that do look maple-like.


No because the leaf arrangement on the ID plant is opposite and Vitus would be alternate.

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newbie_gardener
Jul 20, 2021 1:28 PM CST
Hi guys! Thanks so much for your answers — very informative. I would've replied sooner, but I was expecting to get email notifications when people answered. Since no notifi Thank You! Thank You! cations came in, I assumed no one had answered.

Anyway, I live in a townhome and I recently discovered that the lawn maintenance co. sprayed the plant with poison, so now it is no more.

But I'm so glad it wasn't poison ivy, and that I trusted my instinct not to touch it.

Again, thanks for your analysis!

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