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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

Interesting Notes:

Native 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:

2

Height:

10-15 m

Spread:

6-8 m

Colour:

Lime-green
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Attributes

Berries
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Climbing

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)


Plants that work well with Male American Bittersweet

White Silky Wisteria White Silky Wisteria
(Wisteria brachybotrys 'Shiro Kapitan')