American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens 


This woody vine, or twining shrub is in high demand by florists for its orange berries that appear in the fall and persist into the winter. Male & female plants are required for flowering, and the blooms are small and greenish. The berries are poisonous but the dried rootstock has been used medicinally as a treatment for skin cancer.

  • Characteristics

    Type: Vine

    Height: Up to 24 Feet

    Blooms: June

    Bloom Colour: Green

  • Growth Conditions

    Light: Full Sun to Part Shade

    Soil: Moist, Sandy/Gravel & Average Soil

    Habitat: Edges of Woods, Thickets & Meadows

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