What is this vine? I am trying to decide whether it stays or goes. haha
SOLVED: unknown vine in Alabama woods
I am volunteering at a local park and doing restoration / clean up. I want to leave it if it is natural and not too much of a pest. We have already taken down several hundred pounds of English Ivy that was covering everything. Is this crossvine? I found that on a google search but I'm not sure.
That plant appears to have simple leaves with opposite arrangement - with a terminal flower. That all says Hydrangea sp. to me, but I don't know any native climbing hydrangea species.
That doesn't match with Crossvine or Clematis, which both have compound foliage.
Another vine with opposite leaves and terminal flowers growing in Alabama, but which doesn't have a smooth but somewhat toothed margin.
Climbing euonymus, Winter creeper - (Euonymus fortunei var.radicans)
So, maybe another close species ????
Looked like leaflets of 3 to me, but I figured I was wrong. Just throwing something out there to get the ball rolling... it worked, the power of wrong.
It's great because the ball often stop with me !
So, check the leaves closely and come again to keep the brains wide-awake for a good id!
Maybe process of elimination? I can tell you it is not blackberry, coral honey suckle, Carolina jessamine, muscadine, Virginia creeper, or poison ivy.
Dregea sinensis (Wattakaka sinensis) is not listed for Alabama, but maybe sold in nursery. The heart shape of the leaves and the inflorescence dont match.
Nicely done, growin.
Now I can saw I e-saw this in the wild. I've grown it as an ornamental in our parks, but am apparently not familiar enough with it to recognize it "free range".
Thank you all so much for not giving up on this one! I love that it is a native plant and I'm excited to know what it is... Decumaria Barbara.
If you are ever in Cullman County Alabama, come to visit the Clarkson Covered Bridge park and you can see it.
What a cool looking bridge and park. Good job JulieQ. I`m glad the ID will help preserve this plant in it`s habitat in the protection of a park. From what I could find, this vine likes being seasonally wet or flooded, flowers only where it climbs but can clamber on the ground and somewhat attaches itself to deciduous trees. :-)
That's such a picturesque location. If they haven't already, have some kinda "plants of the area" info sheet and maybe one of the woodvine with a label on it.
Great idea, growin. They don't have anything like that now, so I think that would be a real helpful addition.