laurel greenbrier Smilacaceae Smilax laurifolia
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, oblong to elliptical, parallel veined, entire margins, abruptly terminating, 2 to 4 inches long, leathery, green to yellow-green above.
Flower:Small and greenish-yellow, borne in clusters, appearing in mid-summer.
Fruit:Bluish black berry occurring in short stemmed clusters, each 1/4 to 1/3 inch in diameter, ripens in the late summer of the following year.
Twig:Green to brown-green, round or may be slightly angled, very spiny to spineless, tendrils present.
Bark:Remains green for a long time but eventually turns brownish red.
Form:High climbing, scrambling vine that can form impenetrable thickets.