Tangled Branches: Cultivated
happenings in and around my zone 6b gardens in northern Virginia and in central Virginia
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Persimmon and The Poison Ivy
Normally I'm opposed to anything ending in "-icide". But I believe herbicide is the only practical way to deal with the huge amount of poison ivy at the woods' edge at Tangled Branches South. Most of the property is mercifully free of the stuff, but there's one section where it's practically the only thing growing.
I bought glyphosphate last spring, but couldn't make myself use it until early this summer and, well, poison ivy management is going to be a multi-year project. I've gone through a gallon and a half and only now am getting close enough to the trees to see what they are. But what marvelous trees! I knew of one sycamore tree among the maples and sweet gums, and I found a shrub I think is a deciduous holly (requires closer examination once I can get closer). One small tree stood out from the rest. The long drooping leaves made me think persimmon, even though I don't remember ever seeing a persimmon tree in person before.
Notice the dead vegetation in front and the poison ivy next to and behind the tree. This isn't the thickest patch of poison ivy either. But looking a little closer we find ... persimmons!
I want these persimmons. I really hope that spraying the herbicide so close to the tree doesn't damage it. It looks OK so far (fingers crossed).