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Celastrus scandens

Climbing bittersweet

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  • Celastrus scandens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Celastrus scandens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • Blooms & FruitsJune & September
  • Height5m to 8m
  • Spread0.6m to 1m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourYellow green
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Celastrus scandens (Climbing bittersweet). This is a climbing deciduous vine which will grow up to 8m. It has a striking yellow autumn foliage. The leaves are oval, the flowers are green-yellow in the summertime and are followed by small pods which split to reveal bright orange-red seeds. They will need strong support for its woody stems. They can grow uncontrollably if not pruned and could become a nuisance. They are usually grown for its ornamental fruit and foliage.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Climber or Vine

Other common names

Staff tree, Waxwork

Origin

North America

Interest and use

Ornamental fruit and foliage, good autumn foliage.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

It will need strong staking.

Propagation

Prune back hard in the early spring

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