Return to the Woodlands Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
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?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
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.


 o
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.


 o
RE: What's this shrub with orange berries?

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


 o
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.

Barb
Southern Ontario, CANADA
Zone 5b/6a


 o
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.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Woodlands Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here