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Bittersweet is a woody vine originally native to central and eastern North America. This vine can grow 30' or more in height. It is essentially limited by the structure on which it is allowed to grow. 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.|