- Common Name(s):
- Native Plants, Vines
Smilax laurifolia commonly called Greenbriar is normally found in coastal bogs, moist lowlands, and low sandy areas but will tolerate dry sites. Most Greenbriar, or Catbriar, vines are woody, but a few are herbaceous. Many are armed with thorns and most climb via tendrils.
Its leaves are thick, glossy, and green. It has spiny older stems and 1 to 2' tubers.
Regions: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Spring Nut/Fruit/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: The dense vine tangles provide nesting and hiding cover for birds and other wildlife. Its fruits are eaten by songbirds, ruffed grouse, wide turkeys, and quail. White-tailed deer browse the leaves and twigs, especially in the winter. This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.
- 20 ft.
- Greenbriar has small round clusters of yellowish green flowers in late summer and dark red to black fruit that matures in the fall.
- Sun to partial shade
- Growth Rate:
- Climbing Method:
- Arching branches
NCCES plant id: 2319