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Pieris phillyreifolia [=Ampelothamnus phillyreifolius]

Vine-wicky, Climbing Fetterbush

Scientific Name:

Pieris phillyreifolia [=Ampelothamnus phillyreifolius]

Genus:

Pieris

Species Epithet:

phillyreifolia

Common Name:

Vine-wicky, Climbing Fetterbush

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March

Habitat Description:

Swamp forests.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

(*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

(*Key)

Notes:

This southeastern species has the remarkable habit of often growing as a creeping vine under the bark of Taxodium ascendens or Chamaecyparis, the branches exserted through the cypress bark, sometimes ascending into the upper canopy with the main stem never visible except at the very base of the tree; it also sometimes grows as a low shrub.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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