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Carolina Moonseed Cocculus carolinus

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Epibaterium carolinum
Phonetic Spelling
KOK-yoo-lus kair-oh-LY-nus
Description

This plant can be planted in a range of soil type but it grows rapidly so be wise where you plant it.

Habitat: Moist to dry forests and thickets, especially where calcareous, also weedy in landscaping

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#deciduous#drought tolerant#red berries#winter interest#showy fruits#fast growing#NC native#vines#red fruits#climber#native vine#winter fruits#food source fall#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#bird friendly#food source soft mast fruit#Christmas decorations#audubon#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#deciduous#drought tolerant#red berries#winter interest#showy fruits#fast growing#NC native#vines#red fruits#climber#native vine#winter fruits#food source fall#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#bird friendly#food source soft mast fruit#Christmas decorations#audubon#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cocculus
    Species:
    carolinus
    Family:
    Menispermaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico, U.S.A, NC
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts birds.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat, drought, and soil compaction tolerant.
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Clusters of shiny, dark red fruit display from August to November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Flowers bloom from June to August.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green, glossy leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Songbirds