Oriental Bittersweet Vine Invades Our Shores!

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Avast (stop), ye hearty seafarers, and lend thine ears to a tale of botanical plunder. Behold, the insidious Oriental bittersweet vine, Celastrus orbiculatus, hath set sail upon our lands, like a rogue vessel from distant shores. ‘Tis upon the Lenoir greenway that this treacherous invader hath dropped anchor, but beware, for its tendrils may yet reach thy very own domain.

bittersweet wrapped around post

Caught red handed choking an innocent post >:( (credit: Zoe Cruz-Velazquez, NC State University)

From the realm of the Orient, this vine hath found passage to our tranquil shores. Its vines, like grappling hooks, take hold, entwining native flora in a brazen display of botanical piracy. Such is the nature of this invader, relentless in its quest to conquer new territories.

Though the Lenoir greenway is succumbing to its wicked grasp, fear not, for there exists a means to defend thine own sacred ground. Should ye encounter this vile intruder upon thy property, two paths lie before thee.

young bittersweet growing

This is how Oriental bittersweet looks once it first manifests itself. (credit: Zoe Cruz-Velazquez, NC State University)

If faced with a mere skirmish, resort to the ancient art of hand pulling. Gird thyself with gloves and venture forth, seizing the Oriental bittersweet vine at its root and banishing it from thy lands. Let thy hands be swift, like a pirate’s strike, and rid thy realm of this invader before it seizes control.

However, if the battle be grander, a larger infestation looming, thou shalt require a more potent arsenal. Seek ye a herbicidal concoction fortified with triclopyr, a potent weapon to combat the encroaching tendrils. With careful application, wield thy brush like a swashbuckling pirate, dousing the invaders with this elixir of eradication.

large bittersweet vines hanging from a black walnut tree

This picture was taken on the Lenoir greenway near the Presbyterian Church on Pennell Street. The large vines hanging from the black walnut tree are about 10 year old Oriental bittersweet vines. These vines will eventually smother the tree. (Credit: Seth Nagy)

Pray, heed my counsel! In all thy endeavors to applyeth potent remedies, readeth and faithfully followeth the inscribed directives, forsooth! (Always read and follow the pesticide label.)

close up of bittersweet leaf

A close up of the Oriental bittersweet. (credit: Zoe Cruz-Velazquez, NC State University)

Though the Oriental bittersweet vine be a formidable adversary, let not thy spirit waver, for victory lies within thy grasp. With vigilance, thou canst reclaim thine own land, banishing this invader back to the realm from whence it came.

So gather, brave souls, and stand united against this invasive menace. Let not the waves of despair consume thee, for we are the guardians of our lands, and we shall prevail. Go forth and conquer the invasive Oriental bittersweet vine!

Should thou possess queries concerning Oriental bittersweet or any other agrarian matters, reach out to the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center at 828-757-1290, or payeth a virtual visit to our online abode at caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu.

Written By

Seth Nagy, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSeth NagyCounty Extension Director - Livestock and Field Crops Call Seth Email Seth N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center
Updated on May 31, 2024
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