Please see the pictures. It grows every year in my back yard. I dragged it out but it just comes back. It pricks skin. I don't know the English Name so I don't know how to get rid of it by DIY.

No fruit by the way!

I don't want to use Round up since I heard that it causes cancer. 1



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    If it is a blackberry, don't waste your money on roundup. It doesn't kill it, unless you do several applications. To get rid of it, don't "pull it out," dig the roots up completely..
    – alephzero
    Jun 20 '20 at 21:36
  • @alephzero, is it catbrier?
    – Love
    Jun 20 '20 at 22:19
  • We don't have catbrier in the UK, but from the descriptions on the web, it isn't. The leaves are completely different. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smilax for example.
    – alephzero
    Jun 20 '20 at 23:02
  • BTW your pictures are a very young plant. This is what the stems look like when the seriously "prick skin:" naturespic.com/i/27234PW00_w.jpg
    – alephzero
    Jun 20 '20 at 23:06

Looks like blackberry, invasive in zone 8 and probably many other zones. I find the fruit to be flavorless but many people love it, birds also love the fruit.

  • But it has not any fruit.
    – Love
    Jun 20 '20 at 20:45
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    It won't have any fruit if you cut it down to the ground every year. The flowers and fruit grow on the previous year's stems.
    – alephzero
    Jun 20 '20 at 21:33
  • It may also black raspberry rather than blackberry. At least that's what I discovered when examining the fruit on the bushes around my yard.
    – NSGod
    Jun 22 '20 at 19:20
  • There are many different wild varieties of bramble, the plant whose fruit is the blackberry, with differences of flavour. blacksmith37 seems to have been unlucky with theirs; but others are truly delicious. In Britain where the plant is a common native, many people brave the thorns in late summer to collect and eat the fresh wild fruit. Jun 23 '20 at 10:04
  • Black raspberry looks a bit different; my very favorite berry. Jun 23 '20 at 21:03

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