What is this berry?

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Date Photo Taken: Nov. 14, 2011
Location: McDonough, GA
Posted By: PeeksvilleRoad


I noticed a thorny vine growing near a leyland cypress in my backyard and it had these clusters of black berries. Never seen anything like it around my yard. What could it be?


  1. Southern Garden Coach Master Identifier says:

    It’s green briar.

    November 14th, 2011 at 11:14 pm
  2. Angelyn Master Identifier says:

    This looks like a smilax to me. The closest I could come to a smilax which has this particular berry arrangement is Smooth carrionflower (Smilax herbacea).

    Here’s a botanical illustration: http://wisplants.uwsp.edu/scripts/bigphoto.asp?bigphoto=SMIHER_.jpg&taxon=Smilax%20herbacea%20L.&phog=Botanical%20Illustration&spcode=SMIHER

    And the USDA Plants Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/largeImage?imageID=smhe_002_ahp.jpg

    November 15th, 2011 at 7:18 am
  3. stone Unregistered says:

    Looks like smilax.
    Found similar pic.

    November 15th, 2011 at 7:39 am
  4. Kirk Unregistered says:

    This is one of many varieties of smilax.

    November 15th, 2011 at 7:43 am
  5. Nell Unregistered says:

    It takes over. I would say get rid of it. It comes up in the root system of many of my shrubs. Hard to get rid of it for that reason. It has a tuber that you have to dig up to get rid of it. Sometimes they are deep in the ground.

    July 11th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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