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Bamboo Smilax, Bamboo Vine, Laurel Greenbrier, China-brier, Laurel-brier, Blaspheme-vine, Bay-leaf Smilax
Smilax laurifolia


Bamboo smilax grows in acidic sandy swamps and wet woods of East Texas, east through Arkansas, Tennessee, north to New Jersey and south into Florida. This stout evergreen vine uses its paired tendrils to form impenetrable thickets. It has large rigid spines, usually not at the nodes. Its pale green leaves are very noticeable due to the way they are held on the stem at an upright angle. In October bamboo smilax forms grape-like clusters of persistent black fruit which is enjoyed by five species of birds. The underground stems become very large and thick: half woody, reddish tubers which were once used for food by Native Americans and early settlers.

Plant Habit or Use: vine

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: greenish white

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: black berry

Height: 5 to 25 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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