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Havana greenbrier, Everglades greenbrier
Smilax havanensis

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2015
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2015
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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