- Common Name(s):
- Jacksonbrier, Smilax
- Native Plants, Vines
Smilax smalli 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.
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.
- 6-10 ft.
- Smilax smalli has small green flowers and dark red to black fruit.
- Medium to coarse
- Sun to partial shade; dry to moist soil
- Dark red to black berries
- Growth Rate:
- Climbing Method:
- Arching branches
NCCES plant id: 557