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Ivy, Treebine


Ivy Treebine, Marine-Ivy, Cowitch, Possom Ivy, Hierba del Buey, Yerba del Buey, Marinevine, Possum grape
Cissus incisa


Ivy treebine is a rapid-growing, semi-evergreen groundcover or  vine that belongs to the grape family. It has thick, ivy-like trifoliate leaves with incised edges that produce an unpleasant odor when bruised. It climbs by tendrils and can be an effective substitute for ivy. Inconspicuous greenish flowers are followed by a profusion of succulent bluish-black berries. Ivy treebine grows in open woods and salt marshes throughout the state except in the extreme east and the Panhandle. It ranges east to Florida and north to Missouri. It grows at least 12 feet long from tuberous roots and a semi-woody base. Not available in the nursery industry yet.

Habit or Use: vine

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: greenish

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics:  bluish black berry

Height: to 12 feet

Width: wide spreading

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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