Mystery plant 090

This non-native vine thrives in the eastern portion of North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment below with the common name and scientific name.  Also, please share any personal story you may have about this plant.

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Flower buds

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Buds and opening flowers

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Leaves and immature fruits

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Underside of leaves; stems

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Maturing fruits

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Cluster of fruits

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Fruiting plants during late fall season

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Asiatic bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

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6 Responses to Mystery plant 090

  1. Josh Fecteau says:

    Ah yes… this is Celastrus orbiculatus (Asian Bittersweet). I’ve watched many birds eat the fruit of this vine.

  2. Joyce Hochsprung says:

    Oriental bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus, an invasive pest

  3. If they turn blue when ripe they are Huckleberry!

  4. Tony Ward says:

    Oriental bittersweet one of the worst exotic pests we have in Western NC!

  5. ellie tessmer says:

    Oriental bittersweet. Hard to get rid of and control, but it needs to be done.

  6. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Asiatic — or Oriental — bittersweeet (Celastrus orbiculatus). Unfortunately, my property is “blessed” with this plant and I’m constantly working to remove it from the vegetable garden as well as surrounding trees.

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