My neighbor's vine is poking through the fence. I first caught it trying to choke one of my roses. I cut it away and it's now poking through the fence again. The leaves are heart shaped when you uncurl them.

What vine am I looking at?

Vine poking through neighbor's fence. The leaves are heart shaped when uncurled.

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it appears to be Fallopia baldschuanica, commonly known as Russian Vine and, most aptly, Mile a Minute vine, because it does grow extremely fast. It is deciduous, with a height and spread of 12 metres by 4 metres. I reckon that 'height' figure is a conservative estimate, I once found one in a derelict garden which had grown through an underground pipe 10 metres long, having entered the garden concerned through the old fence from the garden behind, then penetrating into the pipe and out the other end, where it had rampaged across the whole garden. Generally, people who plant this vine have no idea that they should have bought a machete at the same time, and if they've planted it somewhere within 50 feet of another garden, it will rapidly become a very unwelcome guest there. It's probably time to have a word with your neighbours.

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    Thank you! Leave it to the Russian vine to cross boundaries and take over my yard. This vine does indeed grow incredibly fast. I put a 3' vine in water and it sprouted roots overnight.
    – Johnny
    Sep 8, 2014 at 15:46

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