Scientific NameCelastrus orbiculatus
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It is a climbing, woody vine that can suffocate trees and spreads by seeds and sprouting of roots.
Alternate, simple round to oval leaves are 2 - 4 inches long, serrated, and come to a blunt tip. The top is green and the bottom is often paler.
Flowers and fruit end to cluster together and leaves are often smaller than native bittersweet. American bittersweet often has larger, elliptical leaves and the fruit appears at the end of the stem while the fruit in oriental bittersweet appears up and down the stem with the leaves.
Flower Seed Head
Few, green, small flowers that are smaller than the adjoined leaf.
Orange berries that appear in clusters and are about 1 cm long.
Found in woods thickets and maybe pastures.
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval