“American Bittersweet”: Autumn’s Showy Vines Of Golden & Crimson Berried Delight

Red Berried Vines Of Showy American Bittersweet
Red Berried Vines Of Showy American Bittersweet

The showy Autumnal display of “American Bittersweet”. Brilliant saturation of natural colors within nature. The striking appearance of these excessively bright and colorful vines provides visual delight each Autumn. The smooth, dark gray bark of the branches that entwine themselves in a bramble of corkscrew patterns are studded with clusters of berries of yellow, orange and crimson hues encased with golden yellow “papery” layers. Variations of delight for the eyes, for certain. The striking combination of the vivd reds, orange and yellow hues are coveted and prized for swags, wreaths and simple arrangements of natural style upon Autumn’s ripening bliss. Natural appeal, for certain.

Perhaps my personal recollections to this berry laden vine harkens back to my youth, living on Long Island, New York. “American Bittersweet” flourished within the lush hillsides of Long island. Recalling the appealing visuals from roadside drives, it was not uncommon to view these brilliant vines and branches layered amongst the Autumn scenery. Common also was to find swags and branches widely available to embellish one’s exterior and interior. Indeed, an enduring fascination would continue…

Beauty Within Natural Bramble:  American Bittersweet (Celastrus Scandens)
Beauty Within Natural Bramble: American Bittersweet (Celastrus Scandens)

“American Bittersweet” (Celastrus Scandens) is native to the woodlands of North America. This woody, climbing shrub typically reaches 20 to 30 feet. Often trained to climb up arbors and trellises, this hardy perennial will certainly withstand a trained prune. The branches hold deep green, glossy leaves that turn yellow before dropping in the Fall. In the beginning of October, the now “papery” shell splits open to expose the orange, yellow and red “seeds”. Alas, what we deem a “berry” is actually a seed! Who knew? Certainly a stunning color combination that prominently displays against Fall’s fading or barren foliage. The vivid delight among a bramble of vines can even last through Winter thus providing enduring seasonal interest. These twining and vigorous vines bestow upon us a showy delight to layer within our exterior and interior surrounds. Caution be given, these glorious perennials are toxic. Yet with caution, these “berry” laden branches and vines can still embellish and captivate with decorative style. In addition, dried swags of bittersweet provide not only seasonal interest but also a lasting appreciation of nature’s beauty in simplicity

Natural Embellishments:  American Bittersweet Vines Of  Autumn Delight
Natural Embellishments: American Bittersweet Vines Of Autumn Delight
American Bittersweet Vines Within The Interior:  Autumn's Vibrant Gift
American Bittersweet Vines Within The Interior: Autumn’s Vibrant Gift

And of the addition of vibrant sprigs of bittersweet within the celebratory moments of life? Natural distinction with embellishments of striking textural and colorful appeal. A celebration of life with the abundance of Autumn’s natural gifts

Life's Celebrations With American Bittersweet:  Captivating & Vibrant  Impact
Life’s Celebrations With American Bittersweet: Captivating & Vibrant Impact
Embellishing The Table:  American Bittersweet
Embellishing The Table: American Bittersweet

Consider with appreciation the beauty of the “American Bittersweet”. The twisting, woody stems provide an interesting visual with scarlet or yellow & orange hued berries against the papery shell of golden delight. Swags of twined branches dotted with vibrant color will certainly brighten the darkening days of late Fall into Winter. A showy display of golden & crimson berried delight, indeed…

Kristin

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