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Celastrus scandens Hercules

Male American Bittersweet (Climbing Bittersweet, Staff Vine)

A male bittersweet used to ensure fruiting. It is a vigorous climber with light green foliage.

  • »  Insignificant small greenish-yellow flowers
  • »  Toothed, mid-green, ovate leaves are 10 cm long
  • »  Leaves turn a vibrant yellow in the fall
  • »  One male plant to up to 5 female plants is recommended
  • »  Drought-tolerant twining vine
  • »  Bloom Time: June to July

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  • 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 'Hercules'

Native to Ontario

The most visible difference between Celastrus scandens and Celastrus orbiculatus (the invasive one) is that Celastrus scandens has flowers and fruits at the ends of branches while Celastrus orbiculatus flowers in the axils of the leaves.

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Celastrus scandens 'Hercules'

'Hercules' 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.