climbing dogbane
Trachelospermum difforme
  • LEAVES: opposite, deciduous, simple; lanceolate to broadly obovate on same plant; petiolate to subsessile; 4-10 cm long; looks very much like Japanese honeysuckle but with milky sap
  • FLOWER: axillary clusters; yellow to greenish; corolla tube 6 mm; long peduncles; very fragrant
  • FRUIT: slender follicles, 15 to 25 cm long; seed angled with silky hairs
  • TWIGS:
  • BARK:
  • FORM: twining vine, smooth bark, milky sap
  • HABITAT: bottomlands, floodplains
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative Wetland (FACW): Usually occurs in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: eastern US
  • USES:
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. twining vine
    2. resembles Japanese honeysuckle
    3. milky sap