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Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens

Also known as

American Bittersweet, Staff Tree, Climbing Bittersweet, David's Root, Fever Twig, Staff Vine, Waxwork, Shrubby Bittersweet

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

8m

8m

Min

4m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Bittersweet Overview

This strong growing climber produces clusters of greenish to yellow flowers in summer which ripen into orange-yellow fruit that split open to reveal scarlet seeds. It mid green ovate leaves also provide good autumn colour.

Common problems with Bittersweet

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to harvest Bittersweet

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Bittersweet

    Cuttings

    Take root or softwood cuttings.

    Special features of Bittersweet

    Attractive fruits

    Autumn colour

    Ground cover

    Can be grown up walls to cover unslightly buildings.

    Other uses of Bittersweet

    Suits being grown in wall side borders.

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