Oriental Bittersweet – 7/12/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/12/20

Observation Time: 6:45 p.m.

Observation Location: along Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Oriental Bittersweet

Scientific Name: Celastrus orbiculatus

Comments: This non-native invasive species comes from Asia. It grows as a vine that smothers plants and can topple trees due to its weight.

It was introduced into the United States around 1860 as an ornamental plant. In fall, it produces attractive red and orange berry-like fruit. The stems are cut and used for decoration, which unfortunately facilitates its spread.

Here’s a short video explaining how to get rid of Oriental Bittersweet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRplW9_UhKg

More Information: USDA and Wikipedia