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Celastrus scandens Diane

Female American Bittersweet (Climbing Bittersweet, Staff Vine)

A female bittersweet, with highly colourful, red berries encased in yellow shells, a bicolour effect when open. Very effective when used in floral arrangements.

  • »  Insignificant small greenish-yellow flowers
  • »  Spherical berries are green when young and ripen to yellow in the fall
  • »  Berries split open to reveal an orange-red seed surrounded by a yellow skin
  • »  Toothed, mid-green, ovate leaves are 10 cm long
  • »  Leaves turn a vibrant yellow in the fall
  • »  A male plant is needed for fruit to set
  • »  Berries are widely used in the floral industry
  • »  Drought tolerant twining vine
  • »  Bloom Time: June to July

  • Category:Vines
  • Hardiness Zone:2
  • Height:10-15 m
  • Spread:6-8 m
  • Bloom Color: Lime-green
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Average to Dry Soils
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Birds
Growth Rate
Deer Resistant
Flowering Time
Lt. Spr-Sum
Foliage Color
Green (dark)
Landscape uses
Screening (privacy)
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Additional Information about Celastrus scandens 'Diane'

Native to Ontario

The main difference between Celastrus scandens and Celastrus orbiculatus is, Celastrus scandens has flowers and fruits at the ends of branches, Celastrus orbiculatus flowers in the axils of the leaves.

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Celastrus scandens 'Diane'

'Diane' grows best in an average to dry, well-drained soil, in full sun. Pruning to maintain shape can be done at any time. This plant needs a sturdy support or fence to climb. Mature plants are known to girdle large trees.