I have some heavily wooded (mostly pine, but some hardwood) property north of Houston. I'm trying to identify some of the plants. These are some of the vines I've photographed. Any ID help will be most appreciated.
1&2 - same vine (photo taken in August)
3 - serrated leaf so not poison oak or ivy? Maybe Virginia Creeper? (Photo taken in September)
4 - vine with large seed pod. (Photo taken in April)
Thanks so much. There is quite a bit of trumpet vine out there, so 4 makes sense. I need to look at the photos I've taken of the flowers and compare the vine to this one. I was pretty sure 3 was Virginia Creeper, so that's good to know.
SallyG, Thanks for your suggestion. The leaves look right and it does have the same type of berries, but this was definitely a vine, not a shrub or bush. I should have taken more photos to show the rest of the vine. Next time.
Well played, sallyg - and spot on. That IS a Viburnum, and likely one like Viburnum ashei or some other southern version of Arrowwood Viburnum, like Viburnum dentatum var. scabrellum - which is native in east Texas and Harris County. Some say these two species are synonymous.
It is quite possible for P_Edens to have been looking at a long single stem/branch of this normally woody shrub - especially if the growing conditions were part of a crowded vine-covered understory. The poor viburnum was stretching for light, and freedom. You can clearly see the bud scar on the stem shown in images #1 and #2. That would exhibit the expected minimal amount of stem growth on a suppressed shrub, but awfully pitiful stem extension for almost any kind of vine. The timing of the mature blue fruit in August is also correct.
More pictures could confirm this; I hope that these may be forthcoming.
Meanwhile, I think sallyg deserves kudos for "ID of a viburnum: given the information provided, above and beyond the call, and in the face of stiff skepticism" - and hereafter to be known as the recipient of the first annual Viburnum Valley Viceroy Award.
Thank you Viburnum Valley. I could very well have mistaken a branch for the end of what I thought was a vine. Unfortunately I didn't take any additional photos back in August when I took these, so Viburnum it is. As it is a very dense understory and on 30 acres, I have no hope of finding that exact plant again.
Thanks again to Sallyg and my apologies for the skepticism.
No apologies required - that's what this forum is for.
You may very well run across your viburnums again come late spring - the showy white flower heads from which those fruit form should be easy to spot if you are there. And - if you have much in the way of birds around, they will be eating those fruit and depositing them hither and yon to produce further progeny in the future.