Lily Greenbriars are the only green-stemmed, tendril bearing woody vines in our area. Except for a few roses, no other climbing vines are prickly. The small flowers have 6 swept-back petals/sepals. Fruit is a small, black berry.
Honeysuckle Limber honeysuckle is an up to 10’ twining shrub. The upper 2-4 opposite leaves are united into an elliptical to nearly round cup-shaped disc. The 2-lipped tubular yellow flowers are in a cluster at the center of the uppermost conjoined leaves. Japanese honeysuckle is a trailing or climbing vine with opposite leaves and paired 1” white or yellowish tubular flowers from the opposite leaf axils. Paired fruits are black berries.
Grape Thicket and Virginia creepers are the only climbing vines with 5-part palmately compound leaves and slender-tipped tendrils. They bear clusters of tiny green flowers and small fruits.
Cashew (Sumac) Poison ivy is a trailing or climbing vine with numerous hairy attachments to tree trunks or other surfaces. The 3-part leaves are characteristically lustrous. The small greenish flowers are in loose clusters and have 5 sepals but no petals. The round greenish-white fruits suggest clusters of very small grapes.
Clubmoss Staghorn clubmoss has a branching vine-like horizontal stem densely covered with evergreen, needle-like leaves. Upright stems are tipped with spore-bearing cones.
Bignonia Trumpet creeper is a woody vine bearing clusters of showy, orange to red, tubular flowers.
Staff-Tree American bittersweet is a twining woody vine climbing to 60’. The opposite simple leaves are of variable size and shape. The small clusters of flowers are in the leaf axils. The characteristic ½” yellow fruit opens to show a scarlet fleshy seed.
Moonseed Canada moonseed is a woody twining vine. The long leafstalk joins the underside of the leaf away from the edge. The small 4-8 petal flowers are in clusters. The small blue-black, grape-like fruit contains a characteristic flat round seed, hollowed out on both sides and having a notch in the periphery.