American Bittersweet is a beautiful, climbing vine that is not to be confused with the invasive Asiatic Bittersweet (c. orbiculatus). June flowers are understated but the bright, orange-red fruit in autumn is gorgeous. It is commonly used in fall floral arrangements fresh or dried. Birds love the fruit and so do grouse, pheasant, quail, rabbit, and squirrel. Provides quick cover for trellises and walls and can also be used to camouflage rock piles or old stumps.
Not to be confused with the invasive Asiatic Bittersweet
Stunning orange-red berries, great for floral arrangements
Birds love to dine on the bright fruits
Fast growing, perfect for a trellis
Winter food for grouse, pheasant, quail, rabbit, and squirrel
Forest or natural area on rocky slopes and deciduous forests from Montana to Maine and south to Texas and Georgia
In the 1700s, this vine was given the name Bittersweet by European colonists because their showy fruits closely resembled the fruits of a Eurasian nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) that was known to them as Bittersweet back in their native lands.
You will need both male and female plants to produce fruit.
Grows best in lean to average soils with regular moisture in full sun. Prune in late winter to early spring if nessisary. Mature vines require little pruning other than removal of dead or excess growth.