Celastrus scandens (American Bittersweet)
This is the native American Bittersweet vine, not the noxious Oriental Bittersweet. It is prized for its shiny green leaves and colorful red and yellow fruits that are used in fall arrangements. Climbing to up to 20 feet, this one deserves a place on a fence, trellis, or other strong support. Although a vigorous vine, it is not generally considered invasive like the Oriental Bittersweet that is displacing this native vine. For more information about the differences in the two, please read my Blog post about American and Oriental Bittersweet. These plants are unsexed, so two or more should be planted to ensure berries. Look for sexed varieties later next year. Quarts. (Photo by National Park Service and in the public domain).