Oriental Bittersweet, Asian Bittersweet, Asiatic Bittersweet, Climbing Spindleberry, Japanese Bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus

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Botanical Name:

Celastrus orbiculatus

Family:

Celastraceae

Genus:

Celastrus

Species:

orbiculatus

Common Name:

Oriental Bittersweet, Asian Bittersweet, Asiatic Bittersweet, Climbing Spindleberry, Japanese Bittersweet

Height:
60 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
5

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Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Oriental Staff Vine ( Celastrus orbiculatus ) is a woody vine native to East Asia of the Celastraceae family. It is also commonly called Oriental Bittersweet , Japanese Bittersweet or Asiatic Bittersweet . Oriental staff vine was introduced into North America in 1879, and is considered to be an invasive species in eastern North America. It closely resembles the native North American species, Celastrus scandens , with which it will readily hybridize. more...
* The roots, stems and leaves are antiphlogistic, antirheumatic, depurative and tonic. A decoction of the roots and stems is used internally whilst the crushed fresh leaves are used for external applications. The plant is used in the treatment of paralysis, numbness of the four extremities, headache, toothache, spontaneous abscess formation and snake bites. Many plants in this genus contain compounds of interest for their antitumour activity more...
* Because this is such a weedy species it should only be grown in areas where it is proven not to be invasive.