Unknown vine, please help!

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  1. tn_lovett

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    There is a vine in my backyard on my fenceline that I am concerned about. It originates from the ground in a single root about 1 inch in diameter. There are small spines on the stems, but they do not hurt. The leaves are bi-pinnately compound, opposite, and incised. The nodes on the stem are reddish in color. There are berries that start out green with red bumps, then become purple/blue and red. I am concerned because I have 3 small children, and if the berries are poisonous, I would like to remove the vine. I have a picture of the leaves, but I cannot post it because I can't find my USB cable for my camera.
    I thank everyone in advance for your help!
     
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    I found my USB cable, so here are the pictures of the leaves.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Looks like an ampelopsis.
     
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    Thanks for the ID. Is this plant dangerous in any way for my children? Are the berries edible? I just wouldn't want them to put them in their mouths and get sick. The only info that I can find online is that the plant is considered a pest. The scientific name is Ampelopsis arborea. Thanks again!
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    A few sites mention that it is poisonous status is "unknown" and advise caution.
     
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    I do not know how Ampelpsis looks, since we do not have them here. To methe foliage looked like a climber Campsis grandiflora. This climber clings to wall with it fibrour rootr. orange colored Flowers are borne in pendant clusters & are trumpet shaped.
    Nandan
     
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    Yes, those are the berries. Thanks for all the help!
     
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    Newt Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    You are very welcome!! In many areas in the east it is an invasive species.

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    Newt--your link isn't working for me...
     
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    Newt Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Petauridae, it's strange as I can view the image from the link, but when I redo my google search it says the image isn't found. Go figure. Anyway, here's another picture at another site that is very similar.
    http://nature.jardin.free.fr/1102/nmauric_ampelopsis_brevi.jpg

    Hopefully that one works for you.
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    Yep, it does...thanks!
     

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