Celastrus scandens /Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens  / Celastrus scandens
Fruiting bodies in late autumn
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Scientific Name: Celastrus scandens
Common Name: Bittersweet
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Orange, Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: Berries used in decorations. Male and female flowers on seperate plants. Birds feed on the red seeds in fall. Best reserved for growth in the upper South. Bittersweet does not normally produce a heavy fruit set in the Lower South. This twining vine performs best in rather dry, sterile soils. In moist, fertile soils, there is a dominance of viny growth over fruit production, the main feature of this vine. This vine can girdle and kill plants that it uses for support.