Plant ID forum: unknown plant (weed?) growing on north side of my lawn

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jking0826
May 2, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Here in Tampa Florida, I have conservation areas surrounding my house. On the North-East side I have this small weed/vine that grows from the conservation area up into my lawn. Please see the attached image. This weed travels under or through the lawn, and sprouts up all over, eventually making its way to my house. I do see it in the tops of the trees in the conservation area as well.
I want to know what it is and how to eliminate it. Can anyone help?

Thank you.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 2, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Welcome!

Someone will probably wander through and give you an instant ID but just in case.... Have you ever seen it bloom? Seedpods? Does the foliage stay red?
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krobra
May 2, 2017 7:16 PM CST
looks like some type of red maple to me , little helicopter seed pods fall during Spring and start growing sprouts soon after.

my neighbor has two big maple trees and every year they get in everything from my gutters to garden beds. Raking and cleaning up
as many helicopter seeds as I can , pulling up any sprouts and possibly digging up or cutting down any that may get to big before getting notice is
all I know to do, they can be a real pain.
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jking0826
May 2, 2017 7:56 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Someone will probably wander through and give you an instant ID but just in case.... Have you ever seen it bloom? Seedpods? Does the foliage stay red?


Daisyl,

Thanks for the reply. It does not bloom and I have not seen any seedpods. It grows like a vine, in my grass. I can pull on them and pull up 2-3 feet before it breaks. The leaves stay red mostly but there are some that are paler in color, mostly green and red around the edge. I see lots of leaves sprout up in my grass, about 2-3 inches tall. I mow the lawn and more appear each week.

Thanks,

Jeff King

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dyzzypyxxy
May 2, 2017 9:06 PM CST
Hi Jeff and welcome. I've not seen a vining plant like that with pretty red leaves. I have a hibiscus that has similar leaves and when I first saw your picture I thought it might be that, but it's definitely more of a shrub, not a vine. I also have a trumpet vine that creeps along the ground like that and climbs trees, but it's leaves aren't red.

I'll call out to a couple of other Florida folks and see who has an idea @plantladylin ? @Dutchlady1 ?
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porkpal
May 2, 2017 9:26 PM CST
My guess is pepper vine. It is a very aggressive grower.
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DaisyI
May 2, 2017 9:50 PM CST
The leaves certainly match. That might be it.

Jeff, check out Ampelopsis arborea.
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Name: stone
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stone
May 3, 2017 7:25 AM CST
Those pepper vines are related to grape.... I eat the berries...
I think they make a great vine for a fence.... As far as getting rid of it?
Same as moonseed vine... Pull, and keep pulling.... There's gonna be a ton of vine action at the soil level, or just below....
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plantladylin
May 3, 2017 9:24 AM CST
I agree Peppervine (Ampelopsis arborea) It's a Florida native but it can be very aggressive in it's travels.
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greene
May 3, 2017 10:58 AM CST
Yep, I agree with Pepper Vine. I have been fighting with this one for a while and I think I may not win the battle. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Carter
May 3, 2017 11:25 AM CST
I agree on the ID. It's a very aggressively growing vine and spreads underground as well as above it. I'd get it out now if you don't want it because it can be a bi... err - beast to get rid of once it gets growing. Thumbs down And if you do yank it, make sure to get all the roots that you can!
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porkpal
May 3, 2017 12:14 PM CST
It is a clever plant; it likes to break off when you pull on it.
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