Friday, August 01, 2008

Friday Problem

Here is a bush that the previous owner planted. It does not look like it is in good shape. I think the deer eat it. Here is a picture of its foliage.

It also had roots ?!? on its branches. Maybe this is like the climbing hydrangea and they are aerial rootlets.
So what is it and more importantly do I want to keep it? What is the best way to tidy it up and make it less ugly (Besides removing the weed)?


Thorny Guy said...

I think a coneflower would look fabulous there.

Barbee' said...

To me it looks like a Euonymus. There are different species of it. One is commonly called Wintercreeper. You may have heard of it by that name. There is even a purple form (I think it just turns burgundy colored in wintertime, but its called purple.) Then there is a variegated variety with smaller leaves, and a gold variety. They are all sold in the trade, even the invasive one. I very easily could be wrong, but the one you have looks much like Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)
the invasive one. If it blooms and makes berries, birds eat them then their droppings contain the seeds which they plant all over kingdom come. It is a terrible problem in woodlands and tree nurseries. It does have roots on its stems and it will grow right up trees using those roots to attach to the trees. I have fought it since 1989 and it is winning so far. In this town some trees are full of it and the birds love it. The trees do not.
The people have not been educated about it. For better information you might want to check out this pdf file. It is part of the Federal Invasive Plant List. It may be slow to load, but it is worth the wait. Maybe it is slow because it is a pdf file, I don't know. You may decide to keep it for its glossy green leaves. Just keep an eye on it and don't let it make berries or you could have it coming up in all your flower beds, as well as the lawn. Every little leaf will root. CLICK HERE I found you on Blotanical and came over to read awhile. I really like your blog :)

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