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Havana greenbrier, Everglades greenbrier
Smilax havanensis
Smilacaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens. Not recommended for general landscape use.
Availability:
Rarely grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Evergreen climbing vine.
Dimensions:
N/A; a climbing vine with stems 5-10 feet long.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Range:
Monroe County Keys north to Palm Beach and Collier counties; West Indies. Extirpated or perhaps never present in Broward County.
Habitats:
Hammocks, pinelands and coastal thickets.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Yellowish-green.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Fall.
Fruit:
Black berry.


 


Beryn Harty, 2015
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
Shirley Denton