American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

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Binomial

Celastrus scandens

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American bittersweet is prized in the landscape for its showy fruit clusters.  It is a twining vine that will appreciate a sturdy trellis.  The fruits begin to appear in July and often last well into the winter.  Male and female flowers appear on separate plants.  They are yellow and fairly small.  The female plants will have fruits if there is a male plant nearby for pollination.

This plant attracts a wide range of wildflife.  It's a host plant for at least one species of moth.  Bees and other insects are attracted to American bittersweet for nectar and pollen.  Rabbits and squirrels will also use the plant.  Bluebirds, quail, and several other birds eat the seeds.  They are inedible for people.

Uses:  Ornamental, pollinators, wildlife, host plant, medicinal
Bloom time:  May - June

Height:  Up to 20 feet
Space:  3 to 6 feet

Sun:  Sun to medium shade
Moisture:  Average

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