Day 165: Asian Bittersweet

“Asian bittersweet was introduced from its native East Asia in 1860 and now grows in much of the eastern United States. This aggressive vine tolerates both high sun and deep shade, and can quickly overtop and girdle trees. This species has long been regarded as an attractive ornamental. Its abundant clusters of yellow seeds surrounded by a fleshy red aril are often used to make festive wreaths and flower arrangements. Seeds are spread when the plants are later thrown away. Birds also relish the fruits and disperse the seeds far and wide.” To read more click here

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