Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Woody vine, up to 60’. in height. Introduced as an ornamental; used in wreath-making and in floral displays for its showy, orange “berries”.
- Stems have brown striated bark.
- Profusion of orange, berry-like fruit produced in fall.
- Leaves vary in shape from elliptical to nearly round.
- Flowers are small and insignificant (greenish in color).
- Often seen wrapped around tree trunks.
- Similar to our rare, native bittersweet which has fruit only at ends of branches!
Kills trees and shrubs by girdling and blocking out sunlight; sometimes trees collapse due to sheer weight of vines.