Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Alabama Supplejack, Rattanvine

Alabama Supplejack, Rattanvine

Berchemia scandens

Full to part sun; moderately wet to dry moisture level; tolerant of a wide range of soils including coarse sands and gravels, sandy loams to fine silt loams, heavy silts, clays and peats; slightly acid to neutral pH.

20-60 feet height by 6-12 feet width; small greenish-white flowers that bloom in late spring; fruit is 1/4 inch, showy, blue-black football-shaped berry that hangs in long, loose clusters.

Growth Rate:  ?

Maintenance:  Easy maintenance, long-lived vine.  Easy to transplant and grow.  Infrequent susceptibility to disease and insect problems.

Propagation:  Seed germination code C(100)

Twining, high-climbing vine with distinctive smooth, green bark as much as 1 inch in diameter.  Leaves are glossy, leathery and elliptic in shape, turning a beautiful golden yellow in fall.  Occurs naturally in open woods and forests and along streambanks.  Very strong stems can girdle and kill trees.  Very tolerant of flooding.  This vine is a desirable, native alternative to the exotic pest plant, Amur Peppervine or Porcelainberry.   Attracts birds, including wild turkey and northern bobwhite.

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