Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental BitterswetInvasive Asian bittersweet vine will wrap itself around healthy trees until it chokes them. Fall is a good time to kill it. (John Lynch/New England Wild Flower Society)

According to the New England Wild Flower Society Celastrus orbiculatus, Oriental Bittersweet was introduced from its native East Asia in 1860 and now grows in much of the eastern United States. This aggressive vine tolerates both high sun and deep shade, and can quickly overtop and girdle trees.

To learn what to look for and how to get rid of Oriental Bittersweet read the following article by Carol Stocker of the Boston Globe.

Hunting a colorful enemy in the yard