questions about american bittersweet
While cycling recently I noticed something brilliantly orange standing out against a small cedar tree and when I turned around and went back to have a better look I realized it was bittersweet. I know the rule of thumb is to see where the berries are ...along the branch or out at the ends of the branch, but I couldn't remember which is which. I broke off a small twig and brought it home, where I was pleased to learn that this is not the invasive asian variety.
Now I have this branch with berries on it, know that it is a very attractive plant and a NATIVE to boot, and I am wondering: would this be a wise addition to my woodlands, and if so, is it easy to cultivate from just a handful of the berries?
I am also curious as to how the vine got there in that cedar to begin with. Surely birds dropped off a few odd seeds. But maybe there is more growing somewhere close, or perhaps in a backyard.
It sure isn't a common sight here, in any case.