Climbing Vines

Common Name

Scientific Name



Coral or Trumpet Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens You cannot miss this bright red flower in the late spring. Found scattered in the park woods (April-May). Trumpet Honeysuckle
English Ivy Hedera helix The chronic headache of Peabody Park, English Ivy was planted as an ornamental around the campus buildings. This very agressive vine chokes out the more gentle native species. The Biology Dept hosts a Ivy Pull every spring to try to keep some control over its growth, but some areas are almost completely covered. English Ivy
Frost Grape Vitis vulpina Vine appearing throughout park, most noticably along the streams in the fields. Very attractive to bees of all types. Frost Grape
Greenbriar, Catbrier Smilax spp. A large a difficult genus of thorny vines, found in the park woods and in thickets. Most common is Smilax rotundifolia (April). Catrier
Japanese Honeysuckle Lanicera japonica Another invasive vine found throughout the park woods. Very fragrent when in bloom (March-May). Japanese Honeysuckle
Morning Glory Ipomoca panduata Although more well known from its garden cultivars, this common flower is found in the wild, and can be spotted in a few locations in our park woods. Morning Glory
Poison Ivy Rhus radicans Common along the disturbed edges of the park woods. Clearly identified by 3 asymetrical leaves at the terminal end of each branch (May). Poison Ivy
Virginia creeper Parthenocissus rotundiflora Common climbing vine on park margins, often confused with poison ivy, but has 5 radiating leaves. Virginia Creeper
Wisteria Wisteria sinensis An ornamental,invasive, non-native vine. It has beautiful clusters of fragrant purple flowers in the spring. Can be aggressive and kill native species (April). Wisteria