Cat Greenbrier (Smilax glauca)

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Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 8 to 12 feet or more
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Upper side of leaf is a medium green color; reverse side covered in white glaucous bloom. Remains evergreen in southern regions.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small 1/3 inch bluish-black berries, covered in white powdery bloom.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish-yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Photographed in Scott's Run Nature Preserve, McLean, VA in late M

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Location: McLean, VADate: 2018-03-25Photographed in Scott's Run Nature Preserve, McLean, VA in late M
By Muddy1
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