Celastrus

Several species are cultivated, including our native C. scandens, for the fruit is showy when ripe. The seed is enclosed in a bright red appendage (the aril), and the valves of the capsule are orange.

1. Flowers in axillary cymes; leaf blades ± broadly obovate to nearly orbicular; escape from cultivation to disturbed settings.

C. orbiculatus

1. Flowers in terminal racemes or panicles (at ends of branchlets); leaf blades ± ovate-lanceolate to elliptic; widespread native species, sometimes also in early successional or disturbed settings.

C. scandens

All species found in Celastrus

Celastrus orbiculatusORIENTAL BITTERSWEET 
Celastrus scandensCLIMBING BITTERSWEET, AMERICAN BITTERSWEET 

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 7, 2019. https://michiganflora.net/genus.aspx?id=Celastrus.