From:Madison, TN Region: Southeast Topic: Shrubs Title: Need help identifying shrub with large thorns in Tennessee. Answered by: Jimmy Mills
A shrub?with very large thorns. Main stock of plant woody
with a gray and white splotchy bark at base. Branches are
green and shiney and have very large heavy thorns spaced
several inches apart on opposite sides of the branch.
Thorns start turning gray at terminus and eventually turn
totally grey as do branches(from shiney green).Winter no
leaves on plant.Growing in thicket of this plant on 19th
century house site.
You've provided some good information, but it is very difficult - and usually not possible - for Mr. Smarty Plants to identify a plant from a written description. However, we will be happy to try to ID your mystery plant from good-quality digital images. Usually a series of well-focused, close-up images of the plant's leaves, flowers, stems (especially the thorns) , fruit (if available), and an overall shot of the plant yield the best results. Please go to the Ask Mr. Smarty Plants Plant Identification page for specific details on submitting images for identification.
More Shrubs Questions
Origin of name of hybrid Ilex x attenuata December 11, 2010 - Could you please tell me where Eagleson, or also called Eagleston Holly got its name ? view the full question and answer
Short edging evergreen for IL March 27, 2011 - I am planning on planting a short (height at maturity less than 1 foot) evergreen (and if possible flowering) shrub to border the walkway to my house. Can you give me some suggestions? The soil is mos... view the full question and answer
Shrubs for North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina March 19, 2010 - What shrubs can I plant on the west-facing side of my home? The way the house sits, these shrubs will only get 2-3 hours of sun, but those 2-3 hours are end-of-the-day hot! Thanks!! view the full question and answer
Non-invasive, modest-sized shrub for driveway edge February 24, 2010 - I need a hedge type plant for the end of driveway so cars know how far they can drive in. I would like them to be 3'-5' and the roots not to be too heavy that they raise wood barrier or grow under g... view the full question and answer