American bittersweet Celastraceae Celastrus scandens L. Listen to the Latin   symbol: CESC
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Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical to ovate, pointed tip, 2 to 5 inches long, finely serrated, somewhat rounded teeth.
Flower: Inconspicuous, pale yellowish-green, in terminal clusters, appearing in late spring.

Fruit: Very attractive, capsules in clusters which when opened expose a bright orange seed surrounded by orange scales, 1/3 inch across; ripen in the fall and are visible throughout the winter.

Twig: Twiny, light brown, with small pointy buds at nearly right angles to the stems. No tendrils or aerial roots present.

Bark: 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.
Looks like: Oriental bittersweet - Japanese honeysuckle - supplejack - Dutchman's pipe
No range map exists for this species. See a map of the states in which Celastrus scandens can be found (opens a new window). USDA Plants Database
Celastrus scandens is native to North America.

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