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Re: Bittersweet

Wow, you would think they would collect it. Maybe that should be put out to
the local garden clubs as a decorate AND save the environment message! we
have Virginia creeper here as a giant nuisance, but not nearly that bad, and
it too is quite pretty. I was astounded when I saw it for sale in some
catalogs for northern nurseries, but again, it's all in where it's growing.
Fortunately, it's too salty here for Kudzu, hallelujah!

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Bittersweet

> In a message dated 12/05/2004 6:08:51 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> hodgesaa@earthlink.net writes:
> 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
> here.
> A
> http://tncweeds.ucdavis.edu/esadocs/celaorbi.html
> No, Andrea, this vine has bright orange berries and is very tough and
> I know the one you're talking about - can't think of its botanical name
> right now, but I have had it.  It is a pest but not anywhere near as
> tough and invasive as this Oriental bittersweet.
> The native bittersweet, Celastrus scandens, is on the protected plant list
> in New York because it has been overcollected until it is nearly gone from
> the area.  They used to collect it for fall decorations and Christmas
> I would be glad to have them collect the invasive one.  It just swarms up
> trees
> and chokes them or breaks them down from the weight of its leaves.
> Admittedly the berries are pretty, but the damage it does is not.  Be glad
> you
> don't have it, and don't be tempted to plant it.  I have seen it for sale
> some
> nursery catalogs - but this is one alien invasive I would be glad to
> Auralie
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