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What's this shrub with orange berries?

Posted by TwoSevenRight central MA (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 14, 04 at 21:11

Here in New England, my wife has spotted what appears to be a wild shrub that's loaded with soft, bright orange berries. The ground around the shrub is littered with what looks like a hard yellow shell that was possibly covering the berry. There are no longer any leaves on the plant to aid in I.D. She's been bugging me to plant in out woods what she refers to as a Pepperberry bush. Is this what I've found?

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RE: What's this shrub with orange berries?

Sounds like Bittersweet (Celastrus). While the habit is a vine, I have seen the Asian species (C. orbiculatus) engulf shrubs and appear to replace them. Check it again to see if it is actually a shrub or a vine covering the dead remains of another plant.

RE: What's this shrub with orange berries?

lycopus, you nailed it. Amazing that you could I.D. it with the brief description I provided. Wow, after reading some info on it, this is something you don't want to introduce to your woods. Thanks for the ID.

RE: What's this shrub with orange berries?

I've been noticing it's all over the place. Too bad.

RE: What's this shrub with orange berries?

Ooooh gosh no, don't introduce 'that' lol... I just spent a whole year pulling it out of my woods and to get rid of the last stubborn bits you have to dig it up. The woods around my house is FULL of it and there are trees that are 50 feet tall that have been pulled over and killed by it. It's also up in the fir trees strangling them as well.

Southern Ontario, CANADA
Zone 5b/6a

RE: What's this shrub with orange berries?

The native species and the closely related Asian bittersweet are very hard to distinguish, and, in fact they hybridize. But some shrubs have these split seed capsules that you describe as well--several Euonymus species, including the lovely E. americana, or hearts-a-busting.

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