Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb.) was introduced in the 1860s as an ornamental and for erosion control. It grows as a vine that girdles and smothers plants and uproots trees due to its weight


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Last updated June 3, 2020