Scout and Control Now!
Now is one of the best times to find the invasive vine, Celastrus orbiculatus or Oriental bittersweet, on your property.
In the fall, the vines stand out and the fruit is bright.
If unsure whether or not you have Oriental bittersweet on your property, identifying it is easier during this time of year. If you have been removing bittersweet, this is also a great time to see plants you may have been missed.
Golden Leaf Color: In the fall, Oriental bittersweet develops a golden leaf color.
Persistent Vegetation: Oriental bittersweet will still have some yellow or green leaves present well into the fall. This vine will stand out in the landscape and be highly visible until its leaves drop.
Bright Red Fruit: Look for showy fruits in the fall (and into the winter). The round yellow capsules are situated in clusters at most leaf axils (along the stem where the leaves attach). The capsules split open revealing bright red fleshy arils which contain the seeds.
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