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Celastrus orbiculatus

Also called Staff Vine


Celastrus orbiculatus - Oriental Bittersweet

Celastrus orbiculatus - Oriental Bittersweet

More About Celastrus orbiculatus

  • AKA Celastrus articulatus
  • Insignificant, small, green flowers
  • Spherical berries are green when young and ripen to yellow in the fall
  • Berries split open to reveal a scarlet-red colour, surrounded by a yellow skin
  • Mid-green, elliptic leaves are 10 cm long
  • A male and female plant is needed for fruiting
  • Twining vine with a very aggressive, root system and growing habit
  • Berries are widely used in the floral industry
  • Bloom Time: June to July

Interesting Notes:

Introduced to Ontario

The main difference between Celastrus scandens and Celastrus orbiculatus is, Celastrus scandens has flowers and fruits at the ends of branches, Celastrus orbiculatus flowers in the axils of the leaves. 

Zone:

4

Height:

10-18 meters

Spread:

7-12 m

Colour:

Green
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Oriental Bittersweet Growing and Maintenance Tips

Celastrus grows best in a moist to average soil, in full shade to full sun. In sunlight, more fruit is produced, but it does not like a dry root. Pruning can be done at any time to control growth. This plant needs a sturdy support or fence to climb. Mature plants are known to girdle large trees.


Celastrus orbiculatus Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average

Attributes

Berries
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum
Summer

Habit

Climbing

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Screening (privacy)