Oriental bittersweet Celastraceae Celastrus orbiculatus
Leaf:Alternate, simple, ovate to nearly round, 2 to 4 inches long, very often with a blunt tip, finely serrated, somewhat rounded teeth, green above and slightly paler below.
Flower:Inconspicuous, pale yellowish-green, appearing from leaf axils in late spring.
Fruit:Very attractive, capsules in clusters which when open expose a bright red seed surrounded by yellow scales, 1/3 inch across, appear from leaf axils; ripen in the fall and are visible throughout the winter.
Twig:Thin, light brown, with small pointy buds at nearly right angles to the stems; no tendrils or aerial roots present.
Bark:Silvery gray-brown, initially smooth, later corky with diamond-shaped patterns, much later becomes finely scaly.
Form:Climbing vine, with an open, spiraling pattern. Forms dense thickets along fences. Some stems may become several inches in diameter.