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Celastrus scandens

More About Celastrus scandens

  • Rapid growing, woody vine
  • Serrated, yellowish-green foliage
  • 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

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

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

Zone:

3

Height:

5-6 m

Spread:

2-3 m
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American Bittersweet 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.


Celastrus scandens Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Trailing