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A Vine Mess You’ve Gotten Yourself Into

(credit:  Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - You want to get rid of that – those invasive vines growing up your trees. They look upside down in winter – trees that are bare on top, but thick with green leaves on the bottom with vines climbing tree trunks and winding into branches like a crazy costume. Some cover the tree tops – and if they haven’t yet, they will.

Invasives like Oriental Bittersweet, English Ivy, and other vines like Kudzu are choking our oaks, birches, beeches and other native trees. Coating the tree canopy, they block out sunlight below so no new trees can grow – an acorn doesn’t stand a chance.

These vines were planted long ago because gardeners thought they were pretty – and they are, until you turn your back for a second and they gobble up your trees, and next your neighbor’s, then leap into the woodlands to run rampant. So, if you have invasive vines growing up your trees, have them removed before they get out of control and get out of your yard to smother other trees and shrubs too.

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio