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Celastrus scandens /Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens  / Celastrus scandens
Fruiting bodies in late autumn
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Fruiting bodies in late autumn

Close-up of orange-red berries and foliage

Orange berries being released from yellow husks

Vine growing in a natural habitat

Berries in late autumn

Fruit and foliage

Stage of berry development just before pods burst open to reveal orange seeds.. Place this stage in a dry place and seeds will open over night

Wreath made of Bittersweet

Heavy vine growth with no seeds produced when plants are grown in a rich, fertile soil

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Scientific Name: Celastrus scandens
Common Name: Bittersweet
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Orange, Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Berries used in decorations. Male and female flowers on seperate plants. Birds feed on the red seeds in fall. Best reserved for growth in the upper South. Bittersweet does not normally produce a heavy fruit set in the Lower South. This twining vine performs best in rather dry, sterile soils. In moist, fertile soils, there is a dominance of viny growth over fruit production, the main feature of this vine. This vine can girdle and kill plants that it uses for support.