Also called Asian bittersweet, Asiatic bittersweet, 🇨🇳 Chinese bittersweet and round-leaved bittersweet.  Also called strangler vine by a new acquaintance of mine who spends a lot of time in his local parks and trails, and despite being always the height of a ♿ wheelchair, helped a buddy clear a large area of OB.  Awesome!  Part of genus Centaurea in aster / daisy / sunflower  family Asteraceae.

Native to eastern Asia.  Invasive > learn+quiz Invasive > Global Invasive > in USA+Canada Invasive > report it! Invasive > in USA Invasive > in USFS (.pdf) Invasive > in Michigan inv. trading card (.pdf)


This is the species being controlled by domestic goats  Capra aegagrus hircus, as described in The Environment Report article New weapon to fight invasive plants in Michigan?  Goats and its 🔊︎ audio, and the Great Lakes Now article Hero Goats: Ottawa Parks in Michigan hires goat herd to fight invasive species and its video above or to left.

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In the 🇺🇸 USA, the USDA suggests those seeking wreaths or 🍒︎ showy fruit replace this plant with native alternatives American bittersweet  Celastrus scandens or Virginia rose  Rosa virginiana. [1]   More native alternatives (Missouri Botanical Garden).

Learn more about Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus

Best Control Practices BCP (Michigan) (.pdf) Control (Missouri Botanical Garden).

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