Lexington Shrubs And Vines

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Red-osier Dogwood

  • Cornus stolonifera, aka C. sericea
  • To 10 ft (3 m)
  • Thicket-forming shrub
  • Branches and twigs are dark red
  • Likes damp soil, such as wetlands

Poison Ivy

  • Toxicodendron radicans
  • To 8 ft (2.4 m)
  • Leaves grouped in three
  • Poisonous plant known for its production of urushiol, causing irritation and rashes

Staghorn Sumac

  • Rhus typhina, aka R. hirta
  • To 30 ft (9 m)
  • Long leaves growing in pairs on stem are characteristic
  • White flower clusters
  • Red berries fruit - compared with the Poison Sumac, which has white berries fruits
  • Red berries used to make refreshing summer drink
  • Grows on road sides, in old fields and open habitat
  • Propagates by rhizomes

Low Bush Blueberry

  • Vaccinium angustifolium
  • To 2 ft (60 cm)
  • Low spreading
  • Flowers are small, white, bell-shaped
  • Likes acidic, well drained soil

Oriental Bittersweet

  • Celastrus orbiculatus
  • Climbing wine
  • Invasive species original to East Asia
  • Leaves are alternating, glossy texture
  • Fruit is red or orange

Partridge Berry

  • Mitchella repens
  • To 12 in (30 cm)
  • Herbaceous woody trailing shrub

Wintergreen

  • Gaultheria procumbens
  • Stems to 6 in (15 cm)
  • Small low-growing shrub
  • Leaves are evergreen