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Thursday, December 13, 2012

American Bittersweet

 
Here's American Bittersweet, Celastrus Scandens, which is much more common than the alien Oriental Bittersweet.

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It's often prized for the ornamental value of the seeds in the winter. It is pretty! However, it's also quite a pesky vine. It can overrun everything in sight, killing trees and covering buildings.

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I was happy to find a nice patch of it today to add to my photo pages at Shark Shots

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8 comments:

rainfield61 said...

Those of them look unique and beautiful.

Ann said...

it does add some nice color to an otherwise brown landscape

betchai said...

yes, it is so pretty and attractive colors, however, i do see also its invasion of the landscape.

Sharkbytes said...

rainfield- They ARE easy to ID when the capsules break open.

Ann- They make beautiful fall bouquets

betchai- such an annoyance that so many pretty things are really problem plants

eileeninmd said...

It is pretty and colorful, just a shame it can overtake other plants.

John said...

Very colourful. I wonder if I can get it to grow in my garden (assuming it's not poisonous or anything)! :-)

RNSANE said...

It's pretty but it makes me think of the Southern kudzu that seems to overgrow everything - actually, I think it was imported, originally, from China.

RNSANE said...

It's pretty but it makes me think of the Southern kudzu that seems to overgrow everything - actually, I think it was imported, originally, from China.

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