name: "American Bittersweet"
Latin name: Celastrus scandens
Growth habit: Climbing vine
Max height: 20' - 30'
Flowers: Yes, summer. Native to area: No, Eastern
Available varieties: 2
Credit: US Fish & Wildlife Service
American Bittersweet is a twining climbing vine that
can grow 20 to 30 foot in length. In late spring American
Bittersweet produces clusters of small greenish-white flowers
followed by yellowish-orange to reddish berries in fall. Birds are
attracted to the berries as a food source.
Plant American Bittersweet in full sun in well drained soil.
It tolerates light
shade. "American Bittersweet" will adapt to most soil
types and is quite drought tolerant. This deciduous climber needs
a support structure.
Propagation: Seed can be started in a cold frame or
greenhouse in early spring and moved outdoors after danger of
frost has passed. The seed germination process is quite slow, your best bet is
to Purchase pre-started Vines at your local Garden Center or
Nursery. Cuttings can be taken and rooted during summer.