Oriental Bittersweet vine on a tree

Oriental Bittersweet fruit

Oriental Bittersweet foliage

foliage with blooms

Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental Bittersweet ( Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb.) was introduced in the 1860s as an ornamental and for erosion control. It grows as a vine that girdles and smothers plants and uproots trees due to its weight


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Last updated December 13, 2023