Native Plant Database

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American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens
Plant Type: Vines
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color:
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds, Food/Small Animals
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

20 to
feet

Spread:

to
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
feet
Spread: to
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
feet
Spread: to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Grow on phone poles or use to cover trellis or walls. Do not plant near trees as its twining habit may constrict and kill other plants.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Fruits best in full sun; adapts to most soil types but may get too aggressive in rich soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower, Dried Flower
Basic Description

A twining woody vine that will grow vertically or sprawl horizontally over bushes and fences. Hanging clusters of orange-red fruit split open to show bright red-orange seed coats. Plants are male or female. Both sexes are needed for fruit set.Note: Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is very similar and is a highly invasive vine. Use care in acquiring bittersweet plants.

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