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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