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Celastrus orbiculatus (Oriental bittersweet, Staff vine)

Celastrus orbiculatus Photo/Illustration: Todd Meier

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Celastrus orbiculatus sell-ASS-trus or-bik-yew-LAY-tus Common Name: Oriental bittersweet, Staff vine Genus: Celastrus
Oriental bittersweet is a vigorous, woody, deciduous climber with rounded mid-green leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It bears small green flowers in summer and axillary clusters of bead-like red berries with contrasting yellow casings in the fall. Fruit splits open to reveal pink to red seeds.
Noteworthy characteristics: Often mislabeled as our native American bittersweet (C. scandens), which is noninvasive. Invasive in forests in some areas, it is spread by birds and can girdle trees as well as grow overtop and smother them.
Care: Adaptable to most any site will full sun or part shade and well-drained soil.
Propagation: From seed. From root cuttings in winter, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems: Powdery mildew, Nectria canker, and fungal leaf spots occur.
Height Over 30 ft.
Growth Habit Runs
Growth Pace Fast Grower;Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Self Seeds; Showy Fruit; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Green Flower
Uses Trellis
Seasonal Interest Fall Interest
Type Vines

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