Celastrus scandens 'Hercules'
Also called Climbing Bittersweet, Staff Vine
More About Celastrus scandens 'Hercules'
- Insignificant small greenish-yellow flowers
- Toothed, mid-green, ovate leaves are 10 cm long
- Leaves turn a vibrant yellow in the fall
- One male plant to 5 female plants is recommended
- Drought tolerant twining vine
- Bloom Time: June to July
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.
Male American Bittersweet Growing and Maintenance Tips
'Hercules' 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.
Celastrus scandens 'Hercules' Characteristics
Average to Dry Soils
Flowering TimeLt. Spr-Sum
Foliage ColorGreen (dark)
Landscape usesScreening (privacy)
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