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Cocculus carolinus/Carolina Snailseed

Cocculus carolinus / Cocculus carolinus
Berries in late autumn
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Berries in late autumn

Berries and heart-shaped leaves

Berries and foliage

Close-up cluster of berries


Covering a fence in fall

Just ripened berries

Foliage and ripening berries

Ripening beries in early fall

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Scientific Name: Cocculus carolinus
Common Name: Carolina Snailseed
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green, Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: This is a native vine that goes mostly unnoticed until the fruit or berries turn a beautiful bright red color in fall. The vine grows over anything in its path, but is relatively easy to manage. Unfortunately it is seldom selected from a listing of vines for use as a featured ornamental vine, even with its many outstanding features. It has no insect and pest problems. The foliage is evergreen.