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Plant Species of the genus Celastrus

Information about this genus
Name: Celastrus
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Easily grown in any well-drained soil in sun or part-shade, Celastrus species vary in hardiness but are generally tolerant of moderate frosts. They should be cut back immediately after fruiting, or in spring, and can be pruned quite severely if necessary. Propagate from seed, layers or half-hardened summer cuttings.
Description: Although often twining and usually considered as climbers, many of the 30-odd species in this genus are shrubs that can be grown as free-standing plants or trained against a wall as espaliers. Widespread except in Eurasia, most are deciduous and have rather thin leaves that often have serrated edges. Most species have separate male and female plants; the flowers of both sexes are small and cream to green in color and would be very inconspicuous but for the fact that they occur in small panicles. Both sexes are required to produce the showy fruit, which is a dry capsule containing a brightly colored fleshy aril that is revealed when the ripe capsule splits open.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Celastrus orbiculatus 4-9
orbiculata Asian bittersweet
scandens 3-9

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