Oriental bittersweet: a growing threat to hardwood silviculture in the Appalachians
Northern Journal of Applied Forestry
Celastrus orbiculatus, an introduced, deciduous shrubby vine, is quickly becoming a naturalized pest in many forested areas of the NE and S. USA. From experience in Bent Creek Experimental Forest, near Asheville, North Carolina, notes are given on identifying characteristics, growth and methods of control of oriental bittersweet. The vine has prolific seed production, is shade tolerant and lacks natural enemies. Young broadleaved stands are damaged by stem girdling, shading and increased risk of ice damage.