Help identifying this bush?

Asked May 25, 2018, 5:33 PM EDT

I’m about to move and I happened upon this bush on the property. A week ago, it was just a wood twig that looked dead; and when I came by yesterday, it looked like this. Any pros have an opinion on what it is?

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like it could be Common pokeweed (Phytolacca americana).
It is a perennial native weed with a deep taproot. You can see the vestiges of last years plant. If you cut a branch it should be hollow and wet.
They get droops of purple berries that birds love (and spread around) in the late summer into fall.