American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens
Bittersweet410px.jpgUS Fish & Wildlife Service

Botanical Name

Celastrus scandens

Hardiness

Zones 3 to 8

Height

15 to 20 feet

Width

3 to 6 feet

Flowers

May thru June: white, yellow

Fruit

Orange capsule containing red seeds, persistent, birds love

Light

Full sun to part shade

Soil

Tolerates most soil types except wet

Planting and Care

Female plants need a male polinator to produce fruit, prune in late winter to early spring when dormant

Problems

Suckers and can colonize in the wild, birds spread seed

Varieties to Consider

'Indian Brave' (male) and 'Indian Maiden' (female)

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