Information for American Bittersweet


Data



Accepted Symbol
CESC 
Symbol
CESC 
Scientific Name
Celastrus Scandens 
Common Name
American Bittersweet 
Category
Dicot 
Genus
Celastrus 
Family
Celastraceae 
Family Symbol
CELAST 
Family Common Name
Bittersweet Family 
Fact Sheets  
Plant Guides  

Ecology and Taxonomy Data



Orders
Liliales 
Subclass
Liliidae 
Class
Liliopsida 
Division
Magnoliophyta 
Superdivision
Spermatophyta 
Subkingdom
Tracheobionta 
Kingdom
Plantae 
Itis Tsn
42750 
Duration
Perennial 
Growth Habit
Forb/herb 
Native Status
L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N) 

Morphology/Physiology



Active Growth Period
Spring and Summer 
Bloat
None 
C N Ratio
High 
Coppice Potential
No 
Fall Conspicuous
Yes 
Fire Resistance
No 
Flower Color
White 
Flower Conspicuous
No 
Foliage Color
Green 
Foliage Texture
Coarse 
Fruit Color
Orange 
Fruit Conspicuous
Yes 
Growth Form
Thicket Forming 
Growth Rate
Rapid 
Maximum Feet
15 
Height
No 
Mature Feet
No 
Known Allelopath
Moderate 
Leaf Retention
No 
Lifespan
None 
Low Growing Grass
No 
Nitrogen Fixation
Columnar 
Resprout Ability
None 

Growth Data



Adapted To Coarse Textured Soils
Yes 
Adapted To Medium Textured Soils
Yes 
Adapted To Fine Textured Soils
Yes 
Anaerobic Tolerance
None 
Caco3 Tolerance
Medium 
Cold Stratification Required
Yes 
Drought Tolerance
Medium 
Fertility Requirement
Medium 
Fire Tolerance
High 
Frost Free Days
110 
Hedge Tolerance
None 
Moisture Use
High 
Ph Minimum
5.0 
Ph Maximum
7.5 
Planting Density Per Acre
1200 
Maximum
4800 
Precipitation Minimum
30 
Precipitation Maximum
60 
Root Depth
18 
Minimum Inches
None 
Salinity Tolerance
Tolerant 
Shade Tolerance
-38 

Reproduction Data



Bloom Period
Spring 
Commercial Availability
Routinely Available 
Fruit Seed Abundance
High 
Fruit Seed Period Begin
Summer 
Fruit Seed Period End
Fall 
Fruit Seed Persistence
No 
Propogated By Bare Root
Yes 
Propogated By Bulbs
No 
Propogated By Container
Yes 
Propogated By Corms
No 
Propogated By Cuttings
No 
Propogated By Seed
Yes 
Propogated By Sod
No 
Propogated By Sprigs
No 
Propogated By Tubers
No 
Seeds Per Pound
26080 
Seed Spread Rate
Moderate 
Seedling Vigor
Medium 
Small Grain
No 
Vegetative Spread Rate
Rapid 

Sustainibility Data



Berry Nut Seed Product
No 
Christmas Tree Product
No 
Fodder Product
No 
Lumber Product
No 
Naval Store Product
No 
Nursery Stock Product
Yes 
Palatable Browse Animal
Low 
Palatable Graze Animal
Low 
Palatable Human
No 
Post Product
No 
Protein Potential
Low 
Pulpwood Product
No 
Veneer Product
No 
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