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Berchemia scandens (Rattan Vine)

Alabama Supple-jack, Alabama Supplejack, Rattan-vine, Rattan Vine, Vine Rattany


Berchemia scandens (Rattan Vine) is a large woody vine with distinctive smooth, green bark and ovate to elliptic leaves, up to 2.5 in. long (4 cm), with wavy margins and prominent veins. In spring to early summer, small greenish white flowers, arranged in open clusters, are produced on short lateral branchlets. They are followed by fleshy, oblong, dark blue, inedible berries which mature in fall. The fruits are devoured by birds and small mammals. A genuine climber, its stems twisting round each other, or anything else within reach, Rattan Vine can climb high into trees or sprawl and trail along the ground. Its stems are very tough and flexible and can sometimes kill the tree they climb. Native to the central and southeastern United States, Rattan Vine can be found in a variety of areas from swampy to upland woodland. Best used in naturalized and woodland settings.

  • Grows up to 20-60 ft. long (6-18 m) and 6-12 ft. wide (2-4 m).
  • Thrives in average, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates dry and wet soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • No serious insect or disease problems.
  • Great for woodland gardens or native plant gardens.
  • Native to the central and southern parts of the United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Climbers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 20' – 60' (6m – 18m)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Water Needs Low, Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Missouri, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Climbers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 20' – 60' (6m – 18m)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Water Needs Low, Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Missouri, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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