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Plant Details

Celastrus orbiculatus

Oriental Bittersweet

Scientific Name:

Celastrus orbiculatus

Common Name:

Oriental Bittersweet

Plant Family

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Native/Alien:

Alien

Invasive Status:

Rank 1 - Severe Threat (*)

Type:

Vine

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Size in Feet:

50+

Light:

Sun - Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

May - June

Bloom Area:

Mountains

Vine

Alternate leafed

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M Baumeister

Close Up of Stem and Forming Berries

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M Baumeister

Leaves

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M Baumeister

Fast growing vine with lovely brilliant orange berries, dearly beloved of craftspeople for both the vines and the berries. Let it get up your trees, and it will kill them, winding tightly around the trunk and branches, smothering all in its climb to the sun. It hasn't the little "feet" of ivy, but little spurs that hook onto the roughness of tree bark and keep the vine from sliding down. Not thorns, they won't prick you, just little pointy nubs, just enough to hook onto a rough surface.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

PCA Plants
USGA Plants
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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