Spring Garden Tips

American Bittersweet

Bittersweet410px.jpgUS Fish & Wildlife Service

Botanical Name

Celastrus scandens

Hardiness

Zones 3 to 8

Height

15 to 20 feet

Width

3 to 6 feet

Flowers

May thru June: white, yellow

Fruit

Round orange-yellow

Light

Full sun to part shade

Soil

Tolerates most soil types except wet

Planting and Care

Female plants need a male pollinator to produce fruit.

Prune in late winter to early spring when dormant.

Problems

Suckers and can colonize in the wild, birds spread seed

Varieties to Consider

Indian Brave - male

Indian Maiden - female

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