Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Cocculus carolininus ( Carolina Moonseed )
A fast growing, twining, semi-evergreen vine, reaching up to 15 feet, that is native to the midwest and southeastern U.S. ( from southwest Oklahoma to central Missouri to southern Indiana to Virginia; south to central Texas to central Florida ). It is great for covering a chain link fence. The leaves, up to 4 inches in length, are glossy deep green. The small, yellow-green flowers are borne during spring. The vines are smothered with showy, scarlet-red fruits, up to 0.25 inches, throughout autumn. The fruits are borne on hanging racemes up to 4 inches in length. Hardy zones 6 to 9 in sun or shade on just about any acidic well drained soil.

* photos taken by Doug Goldman @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

* photo taken by Clarence A. Rechenthin, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Cocculus laurifolius ( Laurelleaf Snail Tree )
A fast growing, rounded,evergreen small tree, reaching up to 60 x 40 feet, that is native from the eastern Himalayas to southern Japan.
The leathery, smooth-edged, elliptical leaves, up to 12 inches in length, are glossy mid-green.. The rough bark is dark gray.
Hardy zones 9 to 11 in sun or shade on just about any well drained soil.

Cocculus trilobus ( Korean Moonseed )
A woody-based perennial vine, reaching up to 23 feet, that is native to woodlands of Korea.
The attractive lobed foliage is deep green, turning to yellow during autumn.
Showy black berries are borne on clusters during autumn.
Hardy zones 6 to 8 in full sun to partial shade on fertile, humus-rich, well drained soil.

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