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Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental bittersweet - Invasive.orgScientific name: Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb. (ITIS)

Common names: Oriental bittersweet, Asiatic bittersweet, round-leaved bittersweet, Oriental staff vine, climbing spindle berry

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Native To: Eastern Asia (Fryer 2011)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1860s (Fryer 2011)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental and for erosion control (Fryer 2011)

Impact: Grows as a vine that smothers plants and uproots trees due to its weight (Fryer 2011)

Current U.S. Distribution: Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.

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Council or Task Force

Invasive Plants of Ohio: Fact Sheet 9 - Japanese Honeysuckle & Asian Bittersweet (PDF | 214 KB)
Ohio Invasive Plants Council.
See also: Invasive Plants of Ohio for worst invasive plant species identified in Ohio's natural areas

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Oriental Bittersweet
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Partnership

Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) - Oriental bittersweet
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Oriental bittersweet
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Least Wanted: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas Fact Sheet - Oriental Bittersweet
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

Invasive Species Compendium - Celastrus orbiculatus
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Celastrus orbiculatus (vine, climber)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Celastrus orbiculatus
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Celastrus orbiculatus
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Oriental Bittersweet
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

State Government

Invasive Plant Species Fact Sheet: Oriental Bittersweet (2006; PDF | 695 KB)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Invasive Plant Species Assessment Working Group.
See also: Species Assessments and Invasive Species for exotic animal and plant pests invading Indiana, causing economic and visual damage.

Forest Pests: Invasive Plants and Insects of Maryland - Oriental Bittersweet (Aug 2012; PDF | 242 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Forest Service.
See also: Includes Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland

Invasive Species Best Control Practices - Oriental Bittersweet (2012; PDF | 1.59 MB)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Michigan Natural Features Inventory.

Fact Sheet: Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) (2014; PDF | 227 KB)
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: New Hampshire's Prohibited Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for additional invasive trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants

Invasive Species Leaflet - Celastrus orbiculatus (Oriental Bittersweet) (2010; PDF | 215 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forest Service.

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Oriental Bittersweet (PDF | 690 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plants fact sheets (scroll to view) for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands

Invasive Plants and Insects: Oriental Bittersweet
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.

Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Academic

Maine Invasive Plants Bulletin: Asiatic Bittersweet
University of Maine. Cooperative Extension.
See also: Maine Invasive Plants & Entire Series for entire series of 22 fact sheets and invasive plants brochure (available in HTML/PDF or for purchase)

Introduced Species Summary Project - Oriental Bittersweet
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Invasive, Exotic Plants of the Southeast - Oriental Bittersweet
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

Invasive Plant Fact Sheet - Oriental Bittersweet (Nov 2011; PDF | 90 KB)
University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Flora Project of Morris Arboretum.
See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for additional invasive plants in Pennsylvania

Professional

Biobullies - Oriental Bittersweet (PDF | 739 KB)
Natural Biodiversity (Western Pennsylvania).
See also: Invasive Species Fact Sheets for the worst trouble-makers in the region, and also for additional trouble-makers for you to watch out for

Citations

Fryer, J.L. 2011. Celastrus orbiculatus. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Celastrus orbiculatus. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

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