Botanical Name: Celastrus scandens
Height: Potentially tall vine
Season of bloom: Late spring, not that you are likely to notice the small green flowers.
Growing Conditions: Sun, ordinary, well-drained soil – quite adaptable.
Wildlife benefits: Fruits are eaten by Robins and Bluebirds and other songbirds, and by Ruffed Grouse.
From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: Yes
Remarks: Plants are either male or female. Only the females have the showy berries. Berries are poisonous to humans; leave them for the birds.
Similar species: An introduced species, Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is a noxious invasive.
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