Unknown invasive vine with yellow-hulled orange-red berries in NH

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  1. tjerome

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    For several years, my row of forsythia bushes (In West Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA) have been plagued by an invasive vine. I've cut as much of the vine as I can identify down to the ground, but not below that. One problem is that for most of the year, the vine looks very much like the forsythia, and I don't want to cut any of that!

    After the first frost, however, the vine sprouts hundreds of bright yellow berry hulls that soon open in three parts to reveal bright red-orange berries. I'll attach a photo.

    Despite my regular cutting, the vine grows as if I had given it fertilizer, reaching heights of over eight feet, and even ensnaring a nearby birch tree's branches.

    I'd like to positively identify this vine and then learn how to properly eradicate it from my forsythia without killing or weakening the latter.

    Thanks!
    Ted
     

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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Celastrus.
     
  3. tjerome

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    Thanks! Further Internet research that I've made agrees with your conclusion: Celastrus orbiculatus. I'm quite sure this is exactly what I have, and that it's going to be hard to rid it from my 75 feet of forsythia! :-( But, knowing the enemy is at least part of the battle, right?

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