Celastrus scandens


Common Name: American bittersweet
Plant Type:Vines
Light (original): sun to shade
Light Requirements: Sun, Part Sun, Shade
Height:limited by support
Width:4 to 15 feet
Duration:Perennial
Habitat:Fields, Roadside, Dist.
Soil Type:moist to dry
Soil Moisture:Dry, Mesic
Seed Ripens:fall to winter
USDA Zones:3 to 8
Flower Colour:greenish-white
Bloom Time:late spring
Comments:Attractive red berries that are inedible to humans.
Germination:Seed is hydrophyllic, intolerant of dry storage.
Seed will germinate upon being shifted to 70°F after 90-140 days of moist, cold stratification at 40°F.
Seed will not germinate in presence of chemical inhibitors.
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Picture Copyright: John Oyston