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Q.Identify and control climber

Zone Melbourne Australia | Lida added on October 20, 2019 | Answered

I have a climber that after 20 years of being happy up on the fence and easily controlled by annual trim, has suddenly gone totally feral, and I cannot keep up with it. I found it climbing up on veranda posts and front hedge, and few other places some distance from where it is on the side fence.
And I cannot remember what is it called. It has fine very dark brown, almost black, stems and small round/oval leaves – see photos.I am in Australia.

I would appreciate if you could tell me what is it called, and if possible the best way to bring it back under control.
Thanks in advance

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Answered on October 21, 2019

That would be the Maidenhair Vine, or Muehlenbeckia complexa.

Here are some sources that will give you information: http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/198501373.html


I would contact the agricultural management branch in your country for more information on how to control invasive species in your area, though. They will be able to offer more information geared toward your area, and laws.

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