Native Shrubs ... in wildlife landscaping
West Virginia Native Plant Society
West Virginia Nongame Wildlife Program
Common Greenbrier (Horsebrier) -
Saw Brier or Glaucus-leaved Greenbrier - S. glauca
Hispid (Bristly) Greenbrier - S. hispida
|Form:||Climbing vines with woody stems, armed with spines or prickles, the leaf stems bearing a pair of coiling tendrils that support the vine.|
|Bark and Twigs:||Common - Light green
stem, branches 40angled, straight stout prickles.
Saw Brier - Brownish stem with white coating, many small sharp prickles.
Hispid - Dark green stem with numerous long and weak black bristly prickles.
|Leaves:||Common - Thick,
roundish, shiny, 2 to 5 inches long
Saw Brier - Thin, roundish, whitish coating beneath, 3 to 6 inches long
Hispid - Thin, dark green, shiny above and beneath, 3 to 6 inches long.
|Fruit:||Common and Saw Brier -
Bluish-black with white coating (bloom).
Hispid - Bluish-black berry without white coating.
Compiled by: Linnie Coon, outdoor writer and naturalist, Comfort, West Virginia
Written by West Virginia Native Plant Society members and jointly published with the WV Nongame Program
Illustration from Flora of West Virginia, Strausbaugh and Core