Celastrus orbiculatus
oriental bittersweet

Celastrus orbiculatus
invasive Celastrus orbiculatus
Photo courtesy National Park Service
Botanical name: Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb.
Common name: oriental bittersweet
Group: dicot
Family: Celastraceae
Growth type: vine
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced - invasive
Plant height: vigorous, woody vine
Foliage: alternate, glossy leaves, finely toothed, very rounded
Flower: flowers in small axilary clusters; prolific fruiter, with fruit emerging at many points
Habitat: forest edges, woodlands, fields, hedgerows, coastal areas and salt marsh edges
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Celastrus orbiculatus
Misc. reproduces prolifically by seed, which is readily dispersed to new areas by many species of birds.

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