Package of 5 Plants
This vine can grow 30' or more in height. It is essentially limited by the structure on which it is allowed to grow.
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Bittersweet is a woody vine originally native to central and eastern North America. It was given the name bittersweet by European colonists in the 18th century because the fruits resembled the appearance of the fruits of Eurasian nightshade (Solanum dulcamara), which was also called bittersweet. Today, American bittersweet is the accepted common name of C. scandens in large part to distinguish it from an invasive Asian relative, C. orbiculatus (Oriental bittersweet). Untended in native forests, Bittersweet will form thickets, but when planted near an edifice or large tree, it will climb and wrap around the structure. When grown on trees, the encircling vines have been known to kill the host tree. The leaves are toothed around the edges and grow in an alternating pattern. Bittersweet produces colorful red seeds that are encased by yellow pods. The distinct berries and woody vines are popular sources of holiday decoration. All parts of the plant are poisonous. Prune regularly to keep within bounds. Be diligent in limiting growth on architecture. More planting instruction can also be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun|
|Leaves:||Alternate, simple, ovate to oblong-ovate, 2 to 4″ long, acuminate, broad cuneate at base,serrulate, glabrous, lustrous dark greeen; petiole 1/4 to 1″ long. Deep glossy green in summer; greenish yellow in fall.|
|Size:||Often listed in 20′ but seems to continue growing as long as there is something to climb upon.|
|Hardiness:||Zone 3-8. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
|Habit:||Vigorous, deciduous, twining vine or vine-like shrub which engulfs every fence in sight.|
|Flowers:||Polygamo-dioecious, primarily dioecious, yellowish white, not showy; borne in 2 to 4″ long terminal panicles from May to June.|
|Diseases & Insects:||Leaf spots, powdery mildews, crown gall, stem canker, Euonymus scale, aphids, and two-marked treehopper.|
|Landscape Value:||Little, except in rough areas; could be allowed to scramble over rock piles, fences, old trees and t he like; the fruit is handsome and is always welcome in arrangements – especially around the holidays.|
|Soil Preference:||Quite easy to grow as it withstands about any soil condition including those that are dry; pH adaptable.|
|Care:||Prune heavily in winter and water transplants thoroughly and often.|
|Fertilization:||Best not to fertilize. This plant grows fast and easy enough already.|
Terms & Conditions of Sale:
The plants are NOT in storage and are dug fresh on receipt of your order. When your order is received plants are collected as soon as the weather permits, this time-frame is normally within one week. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, We will advise you by phone.
For a quote on larger quantities, please call or email us. We ship via Priority Mail from zip-code 37111.
We do NOT ship West of the Rocky Mountains for retail orders, but we will consider shipping West of the Rocky Mountains for wholesale qualities. Please contact us for wholesale container, bare-root, and balled and burlap inquiries.
Refund Policy: At Boyd Nursery Company we strive to always provide quality plant stock in superb condition. We reserve the right to determine if the plant material was cared for properly after leaving our greenhouses. Over or under watering, exposure to adverse temperature swings and weather conditions, incorrect planting or improper cultural conditions will void any effort of refunding your plant purchase. Full or partial replacement or refund will be at the discretion of Boyd Nursery Company following examination of the plant material in question.
If you have questions prior to purchase or have uncertainties in maintenance and proper methods of care for the plant stock purchased, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately with any questions. By contacting us, we can work to rectify the situation before it becomes irreversible.