American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens

  • Rapid growing woody vine
  • Serrated, yellowish-green leaves
  • Flowers are greenish-white, followed by orange-yellow fruit
  • Fruit splits open to reveal the scarlet, fleshy, berry-like seeds
  • Bloom Time: May to June

ZONE:
3

HEIGHT:
5-6 m

SPREAD:
2-3 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Plant in an average to dry, well-drained soil, in full sun. Pruning to maintain shape can be done at any time. Plant needs a sturdy support or fence to climb. Mature plants are known to girdle large trees.

Additional Notes about American Bittersweet:


Native to Ontario

Berry-laden branches are prized for their decorative value.  Fruits are poisonous if digested by humans. 

Characteristics & Attributes


FLOWERING TIME:
Spring
HABIT:
Trailing