I have attached a photo of a shrub that is about a foot tall, deciduous,...

Asked May 9, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

I have attached a photo of a shrub that is about a foot tall, deciduous, leaves are alternate, toothed, somewhat ovate, and some leaves seem to have a cuspidate tip, the flowers are small, insignificant and greenish. New stems are green and older bark is brown. Thanks in advance for your help with this request.

Montgomery County Maryland weedy vines invasive vines

1 Response

The plant in your photo is Oriental Bittersweet and is considered to be an invasive, destructive weedy vine. It should be removed whenever observed. To confirm the identity of the weed, pull it up and examine the root. Oriental bittersweet roots are orange. These plants can be easily pulled up when the plant is young.