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Alabama Supplejack, Rattanvine
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, long-lived vine. Easy to transplant and grow. Infrequent susceptibility to disease and insect problems.
Propagation: Seed germination code C(100)
Native Region: Primarily Middle and West Tennessee
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. However, it can be very aggressive so best used with caution. Attracts birds, including wild turkey and northern bobwhite.