Plant ID forum: Evergreen climbing vine

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swampscott, MA
Dec 3, 2017 4:38 PM CST
Found an evergreen climbing a tree in a forest here (Peabody MA). Was trying to ID it online and found some pictures of exactly that vine, but unfortunately no id.

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Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
Region: United Kingdom Plant Identifier
Dec 3, 2017 5:05 PM CST
rfrenkel123.... It would be really helpful if you could take clear pics of your vine rather than use an image of a similar one from Davesgarden that you think looks like it.

Have you checked whether leaves are opposite on a twig or alternate?
Has the leaf got a stalk?
Are the leaf edges smooth or has it teeth?
What colour is the bark?
Can you find any evidence of berries, seed pods?
How does it climb...tendrils, twisting round the support tree..or is it self supporting?
Pics would show us more clues.

All we know for sure is that it is an evergreen.

Euonymus fortunei is an evergreen vine found in your area...but need your pics to see if that is what you mean.

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Name: Lin
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Dec 3, 2017 5:37 PM CST
If the photo came from another website, it may be copyrighted and not a good idea to use someone elses photo without explicit permission.

That being said, my eyes aren't the greatest and my first thought was that it reminded me of Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) which can climb to 50 feet or more but from the photo you supplied I can't tell if the leaves appear alternate or opposite along the stem.

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Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
Region: United Kingdom Plant Identifier
Dec 4, 2017 3:28 AM CST
plantladylin...I thought the native Celastrus scandens and the foreign Celastrus obicularis were both deciduous.

From rfrenkel123 thread all we do know for sure is that his/her mystery plant is evergreen
Name: greene
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Dec 4, 2017 11:05 AM CST
The subject line is calling it evergreen.

Oh, by the way, I visited that 'other garden' and yes, the image is copyrighted and was conveniently cropped when it was posted here.

The image should be removed to avoid...whatever.

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