Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 66 taxa.

                   

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Loblolly Pine, Old Field Pine
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Pinus taeda   FAMILY: Pinaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pinus taeda   FAMILY: Pinaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Pinus taeda 016-01-004   FAMILY: Pinaceae

 

Look for it in forests, fields, pine plantations

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Virginia Pine, Scrub Pine, Jersey Pine
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Pinus virginiana   FAMILY: Pinaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pinus virginiana   FAMILY: Pinaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Pinus virginiana 016-01-010   FAMILY: Pinaceae

 

Look for it in dry forests & woodlands, esp on slopes & ridges, also common in certain areas as a weedy successional tree on nearly any kind of site

Common (rare in Coastal Plain), endemic to Central & Southern Appalachians

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Hemlock, Canada Hemlock
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Tsuga canadensis   FAMILY: Pinaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Tsuga canadensis   FAMILY: Pinaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Tsuga canadensis 016-03-001   FAMILY: Pinaceae

 

Look for it in a wide variety of habitats in the mountains, most typically & abundantly in moist sites in ravines or coves along streams, but likely to be found in all but the driest habitats between 300 & 1500m

Common in Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Red Cedar
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Juniperus virginiana   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Juniperus virginiana 018-03-002   FAMILY: Cupressaceae

 

Look for it in bluffs, glades, upland forests and woodlands, pastures, old fields, roadsides, and fencerows, primarily upland, occurring most abundantly on (but by no means restricted to) circumneutral soils (including shrink-swell clays) derived from mafic or calcareous rocks

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Golden Bamboo, Fishpole Bamboo
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Phyllostachys aurea   FAMILY: Poaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Phyllostachys aurea   FAMILY: Poaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Phyllostachys aurea 029-02-001   FAMILY: Poaceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands

Common in GA, uncommon in Carolina Piedmont & Coastal Plain, rare Carolina Mtns

Non-native: China & Japan

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Black Willow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Salix nigra   FAMILY: Salicaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Salix nigra   FAMILY: Salicaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Salix nigra 051-01-007   FAMILY: Salicaceae

 

Look for it on riverbanks, sandbars, other moist areas

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Black Walnut
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Juglans nigra   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Juglans nigra   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Juglans nigra 053-01-001   FAMILY: Juglandaceae

 

Look for it in moist, nutrient-rich forests of floodplains and slopes, calcareous hammocks

Common (uncommon in NC-SC Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Butternut, White Walnut
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Juglans cinerea   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Juglans cinerea   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Juglans cinerea 053-01-002   FAMILY: Juglandaceae

 

Look for it in moist, nutrient-rich forests

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Pecan
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Carya illinoinensis   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Carya illinoinensis   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Carya illinoensis 053-02-002   FAMILY: Juglandaceae

 

Look for it in bottomlands. Eastward it is persistent around dwellings and in pecan orchards, escaped to suburban woodlands, rural forest edges and floodplains

Commonly cultivated

Native: south central US

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sand Hickory, Pale Hickory
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Carya pallida   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Carya pallida   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Carya pallida 053-02-008   FAMILY: Juglandaceae

 

Look for it in dry sandy or rocky forests & woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Mockernut Hickory, White Hickory
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Carya tomentosa   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Carya alba   FAMILY: Juglandaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Carya tomentosa 053-02-009   FAMILY: Juglandaceae

 

Look for it in forests and woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Tag Alder, Hazel Alder, Smooth Alder
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Alnus serrulata   FAMILY: Betulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Alnus serrulata   FAMILY: Betulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Alnus serrulata 054-01-002   FAMILY: Betulaceae

 

Look for it in streambanks, bogs, wet thickets

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: River Birch, Red Birch
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Betula nigra   FAMILY: Betulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Betula nigra   FAMILY: Betulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Betula nigra 054-03-005   FAMILY: Betulaceae

 

Look for it on riverbanks, streambanks, floodplains, sandbars, disturbed uplands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Beech
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Fagus grandifolia +   FAMILY: Fagaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Fagus grandifolia   FAMILY: Fagaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Fagus grandifolia 055-01-001   FAMILY: Fagaceae

 

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: White Oak
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Quercus alba   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Quercus alba   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Quercus alba 055-03-001   FAMILY: Fagaceae

 

Look for it in mesic to xeric forests

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Post Oak
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Quercus stellata   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Quercus stellata   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Quercus stellata 055-03-002   FAMILY: Fagaceae

 

Look for it in upland forests & woodlands, esp in clay or rocky soils and in fire communities

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Black Oak
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Quercus velutina   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Quercus velutina   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Quercus velutina 055-03-020   FAMILY: Fagaceae

 

Look for it in upland forests & woodlands, esp in fairly xeric & sandy soils

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Red Oak, Spanish Oak
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Quercus falcata   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Quercus falcata   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Quercus falcata var. falcata 055-03-022a   FAMILY: Fagaceae

 

Look for it in upland forests, usually xeric

Common (uncommon in NC Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Water Oak
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Quercus nigra   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Quercus nigra   FAMILY: Fagaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Quercus nigra 055-03-025   FAMILY: Fagaceae

 

Look for it in bottomland forests, esp on levees or second terraces where flooded infrequently and for short periods, less commonly on mesic slopes

Common (uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Elm, White Elm
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Ulmus americana var. americana   FAMILY: Ulmaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Ulmus americana   FAMILY: Ulmaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Ulmus americana 056-01-002   FAMILY: Ulmaceae

 

Look for it in swamps, bottomland forests, moist slopes, esp on relatively or strongly nutrient-rich substrates

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Winged Elm
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Ulmus alata   FAMILY: Ulmaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Ulmus alata   FAMILY: Ulmaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Ulmus alata 056-01-003   FAMILY: Ulmaceae

 

Look for it on rock outcrops, dry and mesic forests and woodlands, bottomlands, old fields, disturbed areas

Common (rare in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Small's Hackberry
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Celtis smallii   FAMILY: Cannabaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Celtis laevigata   FAMILY: Ulmaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Celtis laevigata 056-03-001?   FAMILY: Ulmaceae

 

Look for it in glades, woodlands, forests

Common in Piedmont (rare elesewhere), an endemic

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Georgia Hackberry, Dwarf Hackberry
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Celtis pumila   FAMILY: Cannabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Celtis tenuifolia   FAMILY: Ulmaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Celtis occidentalis var. georgiana 056-03-002b   FAMILY: Ulmaceae

 

Look for it in xeric to mesic glades, outcrops, barrens, woodlands, exposed bluffs, stream banks, and disturbed areas, often over calcareous substrate

Common (uncommon in Mountains & Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Paper Mulberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Broussonetia papyrifera   FAMILY: Moraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Broussonetia papyrifera   FAMILY: Moraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Broussonetia papyrifera 057-01-001   FAMILY: Moraceae

 

Look for it in urban lots, disturbed areas, roadsides

Common

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: White Mulberry, Silkworm Mulberry, Russian Mulberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Morus alba   FAMILY: Moraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Morus alba   FAMILY: Moraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Morus alba 057-02-001   FAMILY: Moraceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, vacant lots, roadsides, moist forests

Uncommon

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Red Mulberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Morus rubra   FAMILY: Moraceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Morus rubra var. rubra   FAMILY: Moraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Morus rubra 057-02-002   FAMILY: Moraceae

 

Look for it in bottomland forests, mesic slopes, disturbed areas, suburban woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Tuliptree, Yellow Poplar, Whitewood
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Liriodendron tulipifera var. tulipifera   FAMILY: Magnoliaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Liriodendron tulipifera   FAMILY: Magnoliaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Liriodendron tulipifera 080-01-001   FAMILY: Magnoliaceae

 

Look for it in mesic forests, cove forests in Mountains to at least 1500m in elevation, bottomland forests & swamps

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Magnolia, Bull Bay
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Magnolia grandiflora   FAMILY: Magnoliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Magnolia grandiflora   FAMILY: Magnoliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Magnolia grandiflora 080-02-002   FAMILY: Magnoliaceae

 

Look for it in maritime forests, mesic Coastal Plain bluffs & flats, bottomlands, now also widely naturalized, spreading from cultivation into wet to mesic forests

Common (rare in Piedmont, rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sassafras
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Sassafras albidum   FAMILY: Lauraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sassafras albidum   FAMILY: Lauraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sassafras albidum 084-02-001   FAMILY: Lauraceae

 

Look for it in a wide variety of forests, old fields, disturbed areas, fencerows

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sweetgum
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Liquidambar styraciflua   FAMILY: Altingiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Liquidambar styraciflua   FAMILY: Hamamelidaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Liquidambar styraciflua 095-01-001   FAMILY: Hamamelidaceae

 

Look for it in swamp forests, floodplains, moist forests, depressional wetlands, old fields, disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Witch-hazel, Northern Witch-hazel
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hamamelis virginiana var. virginiana   FAMILY: Hamamelidaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Hamamelis virginiana   FAMILY: Hamamelidaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hamamelis virginiana 095-02-001   FAMILY: Hamamelidaceae

 

Look for it in moist to dryish forests

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Sycamore, Planetree
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Platanus occidentalis   FAMILY: Platanaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Platanus occidentalis   FAMILY: Platanaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Platanus occidentalis 096-01-001   FAMILY: Platanaceae

 

Look for it on riverbanks and in alluvial forests, on streambanks, sometimes weedy on rocky roadcuts

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Bradford Pear, Callery Pear
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Pyrus calleryana   FAMILY: Rosaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pyrus calleryana   FAMILY: Rosaceae

 

Look for it in fields, roadsides, and disturbed areas

Commonly planted, becoming an agressive naturalizer

Non-native: China

 


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camera icon Common Name: Taiwanese Redtip
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Photinia serratifolia   FAMILY: Rosaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Photinia serratifolia   FAMILY: Rosaceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands

Uncommonly cultivated and rarely naturalizing

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Downy Serviceberry, Sarvisberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Amelanchier arborea   FAMILY: Rosaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Amelanchier arborea var. arborea   FAMILY: Rosaceae
INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Amelanchier arborea var. arborea 097-21-001a   FAMILY: Rosaceae

 

Look for it in dry to moist forests

Common (uncommon in NC & SC Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Peach
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Prunus persica   FAMILY: Rosaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Prunus persica   FAMILY: Rosaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Prunus persica 097-22-001   FAMILY: Rosaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, trash-heaps, disturbed thickets

Commonly cultivated, commonly escaped or persistent

Non-native: China

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Black Cherry, Eastern Wild Black Cherry, Bird Cherry
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Prunus serotina var. serotina   FAMILY: Rosaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Prunus serotina var. serotina   FAMILY: Rosaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Prunus serotina var. serotina 097-22-011a   FAMILY: Rosaceae

 

Look for it in rich coves, bottomlands, northern hardwood forests, and in a wide variety of lower elevation habitats from dry to mesic, and weedy in fencerows

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Mimosa, Silktree
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Albizia julibrissin   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Albizia julibrissin   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Albizia julibrissin 098-01-001   FAMILY: Fabaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, suburban woodlots, escaped and persistent in forests and woodlands

Common

Non-native: Tropical Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Cercis canadensis   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cercis canadensis var. canadensis   FAMILY: Fabaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cercis canadensis 098-04-001   FAMILY: Fabaceae

 

Look for it in moist to dry forests and woodlands, esp over calcareous or mafic rocks, also commonly planted as an ornamental

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Honey Locust
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Gleditsia triacanthos   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Gleditsia triacanthos   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Gleditsia triacanthos 098-06-001   FAMILY: Fabaceae

 

Look for it in woodlands, forests (generally bottomlands), fencerows, often planted as a street tree

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare in GA Coastal Plain & GA Mtns)

Native: west of the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Kentucky Yellowwood, Gopherwood
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Cladrastis kentukea   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cladrastis kentukea   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cladrastis lutea 098-08-001   FAMILY: Fabaceae

 

Look for it in mountain forests, Piedmont bluffs, esp on calcareous or mafic rocks (introduced only in the Piedmont of NC)

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Black Locust
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Robinia pseudoacacia   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Robinia pseudoacacia   FAMILY: Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Robinia pseudo-acacia 098-32-001   FAMILY: Fabaceae

 

Look for it in forests, woodlands, disturbed areas, roadcuts

Common. Native in s. & c. Appalachians, from PA to GA-AL, now more widespread

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Ailanthus, Tree-of-heaven
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Ailanthus altissima   FAMILY: Simaroubaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Ailanthus altissima   FAMILY: Simaroubaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Ailanthus altissima 104-01-001   FAMILY: Simaroubaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in forests, disturbed areas, including cities, esp in moist, fertile soils. In our area, this tree is now an aggressive and noxious weed, colonizing even undisturbed forests and outcompeting the native vegetation

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Chinaberry, Pride-of-India
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Melia azedarach   FAMILY: Meliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Melia azedarach   FAMILY: Meliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Melia azedarach 105-01-001   FAMILY: Meliaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, abandoned rural yards and fields (commonly cultivated and commonly escaped)

Common (rare in Mountains)

Non-native: southeast Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Winged Sumac, Shining Sumac, Dwarf Sumac
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Rhus copallinum +   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rhus copallinum +   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus copallina 110-01-007   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in dry woodlands, and also (depending on variety) in sandhills or rocky glades or maritime thickets

Common (var. copallinum) or uncommon (var. latifolia)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Smooth Sumac, Common Sumac
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Rhus glabra   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rhus glabra   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus glabra 110-01-008   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, clearings, roadsides, woodlands

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Holly, Christmas Holly
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Ilex opaca   FAMILY: Aquifoliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Ilex opaca var. opaca   FAMILY: Aquifoliaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Ilex opaca 112-01-001   FAMILY: Aquifoliaceae

 

Look for it in a wide variety of forests, ranging from xeric to wetland

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Chinese Holly, Burford Holly
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Ilex cornuta   FAMILY: Aquifoliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Ilex cornuta   FAMILY: Aquifoliaceae

 

Look for it in forests in suburban areas, into which it has escaped from suburban plantings

Rare

Non-native: China

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Box Elder, Ash-leaved Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer negundo var. negundo   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Acer negundo var. negundo   FAMILY: Aceraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer negundo 115-01-001   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

Look for it on riverbanks, in swamps, bottomlands, also upslope on calcareous substrates

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Red Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer rubrum var. rubrum   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer rubrum var. rubrum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer rubrum 115-01-004   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

Look for it in upland deciduous forests, up to at least 1500m elevation, moist bottomlands and slopes

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Silver Maple, Soft Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer saccharinum   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer saccharinum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharinum 115-01-005   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

Look for it in bottomlands, on riverbanks, and disturbed areas

Uncommon (south of NC, more often an escape from cultivation than a native)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sugar Maple, Hard Maple, Sugar-tree
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer saccharum var. saccharum   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer saccharum var. saccharum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum 115-01-006a   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

Look for it in cove forests, other rich forests, esp over mafic and calcareous rocks, on calcareous soils common and typical in dry-mesic forests and dry woodlands as well, less typically extending to high elevation northern hardwood forests where sometimes in acidic situations

Common (rare in Piedmont south of VA, where perhaps only introduced)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Devil's Walkingstick, Hercules-club, Prickly Aralia, Prickly-ash
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aralia spinosa   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aralia spinosa   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aralia spinosa 139-03-001   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed pocosins & bottomlands, disturbed areas, moist to dry forests & woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Blackgum, Black Tupelo, Sour Gum
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Nyssa sylvatica   FAMILY: Nyssaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa sylvatica   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nyssa sylvatica var. sylvatica 141-01-001a   FAMILY: Nyssaceae

 

Look for it in dry or mesic upland forests, less commonly in bottomlands, pine savannas, or upland deressions, where occasionally inundated briefly

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Flowering Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Benthamidia florida   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus florida   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus florida 142-01-001   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in a wide variety of dry to moist forests and woodlands, especially over acidic substrates

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Swamp Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Swida foemina   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus foemina   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus stricta 142-01-005   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in swamps, streambanks, marshes, alluvial forests

Common (rare in Mountains) (an endemic)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sourwood, Sorrel-tree
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Oxydendrum arboreum   FAMILY: Ericaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Oxydendrum arboreum   FAMILY: Ericaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Oxydendrum arboreum 145-13-001   FAMILY: Ericaceae

 

Look for it in mesic to xeric deciduous forests, esp dry-mesic to xeric oak-hickory & oak-pine forests, also in sandhill/pocosin ecotones

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Persimmon, Common Persimmon, Simmon
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Diospyros virginiana   FAMILY: Ebenaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Diospyros virginiana   FAMILY: Ebenaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Diospyros virginiana 150-01-001   FAMILY: Ebenaceae

 

Look for it in dry woods, sandhills, disturbed places, floodplain & mesic forests, fencerows

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Weakley's Flora: (4/7/08) Halesia tetraptera var. tetraptera   FAMILY: Styracaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Halesia tetraptera var. tetraptera   FAMILY: Styracaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Halesia carolina 152-01-001   FAMILY: Styracaceae

 

Look for it on moist slopes, in coves, creekbanks, bottomlands

Common (uncommon in GA-SC Coastal Plain, rare in NC Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: White Ash, American Ash
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Fraxinus americana   FAMILY: Oleaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Fraxinus americana   FAMILY: Oleaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Fraxinus americana var. americana 153-01-002a   FAMILY: Oleaceae

 

Look for it on mesic slopes, in rich cove forests, dryish calcareous or mafic glades & woodlands (with Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana and Carya glabra)

Common (rare in Coastal Plain of GA, NC, SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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