MOONSHINE DESIGNS NURSERY
Milan, Illinois
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American Bittersweet  (NATIVE Vine)

American Bittersweet

Celastrus Scandens

Celastrus is derived from an ancient Greek name

Scandens refers to its climbing habit.

This is one of our specialties!  A must for crafts & great for the birds!

Native American Vine!

Other common names.—False bittersweet, climbing bittersweet, shrubby bittersweet, fevertwig, fever-twitch, staff tree, climbing staff tree, staff vine, waxwork, Roxbury waxwork, yellowroot, climbing orange-root, Jacob's-ladder.

        American bittersweet is a native woody and shrubby climber, growing over trees or fences. It has smooth thin leaves 2 to 4 inches long and about half as wide. The small greenish-white  flowers are produced in June in short clusters. The fruit is a round, orange-yellow capsule which opens in autumn, disclosing the scarlet-colored seed pod. The seed capsules remain on the plant well into the cold season and provide food for birds in the winter.  Fruits are eaten by songbirds, ruffed grouse, pheasants, bobwhite and squirrel.  Old fruits are eaten as survival foods by many birds and animals in late winter.   Fruits should NOT be eaten by humans.  While not extremely toxic, they will "clean you out at both ends".  Bunches of twisted branchlets, loaded with fruit, are very decorative and the plant is disappearing in many places because of the ruthless methods of market pickers.  Our stock is not from the wild!!  We have selected 'stock' plants which grow on site here and have chosen the best over the years for the most desirable characteristics. 

Way back in the dark and mysterious past, many shepherds hung bittersweet around the necks of those sheep which were suspected to be under the evil eye.  I don't think it is really necessary myself.  Save this bit of lore for your next trivia game.

Often planted as an ornamental vine for the showy fruits. A good climber on trellises, arbors, porches. Fast growing. Decorative berries and twisted vines make interesting projects.

You will need both male and female  plants to produce berries!  1 male can pollinate 4-5 female vines.  MUST be planted within 30 feet of each other.

Light: Partial to full sun. Best fruit in full sun.

Soil Moisture: Dry to moist.

Soil pH: Acid to neutral.

Hardy to zone 4a and some say zone 3.  I have seen Bittersweet growing wild in Sawyer County Wisconsin.

Prices for American Bittersweet:  (Celastrus scandens )

(One male plant will pollinate up to five female plants)

 

There are several options.  Please read through the different choices carefully.

UNSEXED PLANTS:

  • Plants:  $7.95 ea. unsexed seedlings.  2 yr. old.   12-36" tall.  Container grown; shipped bare to semi-bare root.  Will fruit in the first or second year from planting. Will fruit in first year under excellent conditions.  We suggest purchasing at least three to assure of a male-female mix.    2 yr. unsexed:    Shipped semi-bare root.  Item Number: 78822

     

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  • Plants:  2 yr. field grown, unsexed.  12-24" tall.  We suggest purchasing at least three to assure of a male-female mix.   Sex of plants are unknown since they are grown from seed and have not flowered.  Should bear in the second or third year.          Shipped Bare root.    2 yr. Bare root       

    Item Name: American Bittersweet Field BR Unsexed Lot of 3 plants  Item Number: 78823

     

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  • 2 Gallon pot size, Unsexed Plants:  $19.95 each.   Container grown  24"-48" tall, multi-branched, pruned, staked.  Shipped semi-bare root.

Item Name: American Bittersweet 2 GAL SBR Unsexed   Item Number: 78824

 

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Sexed Plants:

Grown from sexed cuttings:

Male plant 1 gallon:  Shipped semi-bare root (SBR)

Item Name: American Bittersweet 1 GAL SBR MALE   Item Number: 78825

 

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Female plant 1 gallon:  Shipped semi-bare root (SBR)

Item Name: American Bittersweet 1 GAL SBR FEMALE   Item Number: 78826

 

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SEXED PAIR:  ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE:  Shipped semi-bare root (SBR)

Item Name: American Bittersweet vines SEXED PAIR   Item Number: 78825/78826

 

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Male plant 2 gallon Shipped semi-bare root (SBR)   

Item Name: American Bittersweet 2 GAL SBR MALE   Item Number: 78827

 

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Female plant 2 gallon Shipped semi-bare root (SBR) Item Number: 78828

 

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Wholesale lots listed below this photo

WHOLESALE LOTS: 

Unsexed plants; 24-36" two years old. Branched. 

10 for $60.00  

Item Name: American Bittersweet 24-36" LOT of 10  Item Number: 78561-10

 

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25 for $100.00 

Item Name: American Bittersweet 24-36" LOT of 25  Item Number: 78561-25

 

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100 for $225.00 

Item Name: American Bittersweet 24-36" LOT of 100  Item Number: 78561-100

 

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TAKING ORDERS NOW

Supply of plants is limited!  Bittersweet has become very popular as a craft item, a screen, a landscaping accent, and as a ground cover.  Order early!  Credit card orders:  We do not charge your card until ship date.

  Advance orders should be confirmed by email so that we can check inventory to guarantee your shipmentPlease do not use the shopping cart if you do not want to pay for advance orders now.  Send us an email, reserving the size you want for later shipment.  An email will be sent to you  when payment is due.  Wholesale advance orders require 20% down.  Email us for details.

Late fall view of twisted vines.......Make great basket handles!!

Bittersweet Berries