strangler vine identification

Asked April 20, 2019, 10:10 AM EDT

I have a woody vine in the woods that wraps tightly around the trees and strangles them. It pops up everywhere and looks like a small sapling. The roots are just under the surface until one of the "saplings" pops up, and they seem to grow for miles crisscrossing each other.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), which is an invasive plant in Maryland. Refer to the following page and the links provided for options on managing it. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/oriental-bittersweet

It spreads prolifically by seeds, so you may need to keep removing seedlings for a period of time to get it under control.

Christa