Celastrus scandens 'Bailumn' - Bittersweet - Photo courtesy of Van Belle Nursery Inc.

Female American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens 'Diane'

Also called Climbing Bittersweet, Staff Vine

  • Insignificant small greenish-yellow flowers
  • Spherical berries are green when young and ripen to yellow in the fall
  • Berries split open to reveal an orange-red seed surrounded by a yellow skin
  • Toothed, mid-green, ovate leaves are 10 cm long
  • Leaves turn a vibrant yellow in the fall
  • A male plant is needed for fruit to set
  • Berries are widely used in the floral industry
  • Drought tolerant twining vine
  • Bloom Time: June to July

ZONE:
2

COLOUR:
Lime-green

HEIGHT:
10-15 m

SPREAD:
6-8 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


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

Additional Notes about Female American Bittersweet:


Native to Ontario

The most visible difference between Celastrus scandens and Celastrus orbiculatus (the invasive one) is that Celastrus scandens has flowers and fruits at the ends of branches, Celastrus orbiculatus flowers in the axils of the leaves.

Characteristics & Attributes


ATTRIBUTES:
Deciduous
Berries
FLOWERING TIME:
Lt. Spr-Sum
HABIT:
Climbing
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Green (dark)
LANDSCAPE USES:
Screening (privacy)

THESE PLANTS

work well with Celastrus scandens 'Diane'