I am trying to find out what these are. They pop up every ware in the yard...

Asked May 20, 2015, 8:58 PM EDT

I am trying to find out what these are. They pop up every ware in the yard from runners on there roots all summer long. They get to be about 12 foot high and have thorns on the branches and are red in color and fuzzy looking towards the end of them. The leave are oval shaped and parallel to each other with 6 to 8 leaves on the branches shooting out from the main ones. What would these be?

Martin County Minnesota

1 Response

I believe it is Robinia Hispidia! And it is mainly spread by suckers (roots that go out and form another plant), but also spreads by the sticky seed pods. It is hard to say exactly how the plant got into your yard, but a seed pod probably came on the fur of an animal. It starts blooming the second year, so it has been around for a while. It is not dangerous, in fact it is planted along road banks to prevent erosion and is sometimes planted in gardens due to its beauty when blooming. The USDA does not recommended it for residential gardens as it can spread aggressively unless you are careful about removing the sucker plants