Invasive Plant Factsheet: Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

This woody perennial vine was introduced from China around 1860 and is still widely sold for landscaping. Unfortunately, this colorful non-native spreads from cultivation to old home sites, roadsides, fields, and forests, causing habitat destruction. It is invasive in natural areas of many eastern states, including Arlington and Alexandria, and national parks from Maine to North Carolina.

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet Print Version (Legal Size):
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

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