Smilax laurifolia L.

Laurel Greenbrier, Bamboo Vine

Family: Smilacaceae

Genus: Smilax

Category: Vine - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to

Size: 5 to 25' tall

Growth Rate: Fast


Alternate oval leaves to 4" long, leathery, slightly yellow-green. Stems can be spiny. Small green-yellow flowers in summer followed by blue-black berries in clusters. Climbs with tendrils. Likes wet forest sites. Can be a nuisance.


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 1030 in 1753. Reference is made to Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 15.

Native to central and southern US and the Caribbean.

Synonym Smilax lanceolata L.


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