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Celastrus orbiculatus

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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In the wild, this fantastic twining climber is found growing up trees all over Japan and China. Celastrus orbiculatus has rich green foliage in spring and summer followed by butter-yellow autumn colours with golden seed heads and brilliant-scarlet fruits in autumn.

A great choice of climber for large gardens or woodlands where it can cover substantial trees or buildings when established.

Supplied Size: 2L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)

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Celastrus orbiculatus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Celastrus orbiculatus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Celastrus orbiculatus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
2 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: July to August
Flower Colour: Green
Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
Habit: Celastrus orbiculatus grows to be a large climbing plant .
Height: up to 10 m (32 ft)
Spread: up to 8 m (26 ft) if allowed to climb over other nearby trees

Notes: Normally, group planting is recommended to produce fruit, but these are hermaphrodite plants and will fruit without partners!

Plant Finder: about Celastrus orbiculatus

Common names

Bittersweet, Oriental bittersweet


Celastrus orbiculatus (Bittersweet). This is a climbing deciduous twining vine. It will grow to a height of 11m and is grown for it's ornamental fruits and striking autumn foliage. The mid green leaves are broadly elliptic, and the flowers will appear in the summer. They will also produce reddish-yellow berries on the new growth.


They are fully to frost hardy, they will grow in any soil in full or partial shade and will like regular feeding. You will need to prune in the spring to cut out old wood and maintain the shape.

Interest and use

Climbing, ornamental, ground cover, autumn foliage and flowers.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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  • LightShade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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