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Smilax smallii/Southern Smilax

Smilax smallii / Smilax smallii
A mass of evergreen foliage hanging from a tree, a host for this native vine
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A mass of evergreen foliage hanging from a tree, a host for this native vine

A mass of evergreen foliage hanging from the trunk of a tall pine tree

An up close view of the vine that is frequently cut and used for a long-lived cut foliage, especially for weddings

A mass of this size is several years old

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Scientific Name: Smilax smallii
Common Name: Southern Smilax
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Green, Black
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This smilax climbs to the top of trees and grows over other vegetation by the use of long curly tendrils in naturalistic settings. This makes an excellent cut foliage. Growth can be so heavy and entangled mass that it is too thick to move through.