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American Bittersweet

American Bittersweet

American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens


American Bittersweet is a deciduous, woody, perennial vine with striking orange to yellow berries that persist into winter. Indigenous to North America, this vine has become so rare it is now considered a protected species.

Excellent for naturalization projects, American Bittersweet attracts birds and other wildlife. Please keep in mind that the plant is toxic to humans and should not be ingested. To ensure the attractive berries are produced, cross-pollination between a male and female plant must occur.


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Zone: 3a
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Berries: red-orange, toxic to mammals
Flowers: small white clusters
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high

Toxicity: All parts of plant are toxic to humans

Tags: All Items, Native Manitoba Plants, Native New Brunswick Plants, Native North America Plants, Native Ontario Plants, Native Quebec Plants, Native Saskatchewan Plants, Vines

Ships to Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes

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