Nekemias arborea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Also known as Ampelopsis arborea

Plant Specifics

Size:20-35 ft tall by 10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green,NA
Fruit Color:Purple,black
Habitats:Moist sites. Hammocks, hummocks in wetlands, hummocks in riverine swamps.


Recommended Uses:For special uses only. This tall growing vine can hide unsightly objects in moist places and is useful to providing cover for wildlife and food for birds. When grown on a fence or arbor, new leaves can be bright red in color.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Fruit is eaten by songbirds and small mammals. White-tailed deer browse the leaves and twigs. 

Attracts hymenoptera (native bees and flies).