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PlantFiles: Wild Smilax, China Root
Smilax china

Family: Smilacaceae
Genus: Smilax (SMIL-aks) (Info)
Species: china

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral macybee On Jul 16, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Botonica Encyclopedia: Smilax China
This deciduous climber from China, Korea and Japan attains a height of 15'. Smilax China has oval leaves, which may be up to 3" across, and the small umbels of yellow-green flowers are borne in spring. They are followed on female plants by red berries. Zones 6-10.

Cultivation: Grow in moist, well-drained soil in sun or light shade. Propagate from seed, layers, semi-ripe cuttings or by dividing well-established plants.

Smilax: Sarsaparilla, Greenbrier, Catbrier
Almost 200 species of deciduous or evergreen vines and herbaceous perennials make up this genus, found in tropical and temperate regions worldwide. They are a variable lot but usually have small, elliptical leaves and tiny white flowers, sometimes fragrant, carried in racemes. The stems usually grow in a zigzag pattern, changing direction at each leaf node, and often have small barbs or spines as climbing aids. The female flowers are followed by 1/4" diameter red, blue-black or black berries. The prime attraction of Smilax species is the dense light green foliage cover they provide.

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