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Re: Bittersweet

Auralie, is this that vine with those really pretty turquoise colored
berries? It's not a problem here, in fact I don't think I've ever seen it

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 3:14 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Bittersweet

> Now that the leaves are down I am distressed to see as I drive around that
> the trees are blanketed in the orange berries of Japanese bittersweet
> (Celastrus orbiculata).  Yes, it's pretty to look at, but I have never
> so many berries, and each one of them is going to be a new vine next
> year.  At this rate Kudzu, the "vine that ate the South" is going to be
> mild compared to what bittersweet is doing to the Northeast.  I was
> pleased that as we drove south through Delaware and Maryland into
> Virginia I only saw one patch - in Delaware.  I hope that means that
> this plague has not spread out of this area.
> This spring it seemed to me that there were more seedling vines
> than ever - they just came up almost like grass.  It was in a tree on
> a neighbor's property.  They said it didn't bother them - anything green
> was fine so far as they were concerned.  But the way it is spreading
> is frightening.  Does anyone else have this problem?
> Auralie - NY - Hudson Valley
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