Tuesday, January 08, 2019


It was a lovely and sunny and warm winter day on Sunday and since the hunters were not allowed to hunt on Sunday we took a walk through the local park.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. This plant below looks like the Oriental bittersweet which is invasive in our area. But it also has traits of the American bittersweet. I was wondering if it was a hybrid since that does happen with the two plants. It was nice to photograph either way.

It was picked in the winter and brought into the house for red accents in holiday decorations.

This vine certainly spreads when you pull that camera lens back.

And spreads

Until it climbs to the top of the tree starving it of light and eventually killing it. Birds eat the seeds of both and thus the plants are spread easily.


  1. What great bird feed!

  2. So many plants that are beautiful can do a lot of damage.

  3. I hear you! Good information
    I bittersweet fan here, I didn't know about the two species. I am glad I didn't save seeds and plant them.

  4. I hadn't heard of American Bittersweet, I love it.

  5. I guess bitter/sweet is a good name for it.

  6. Did you say invasive?

  7. I don't think we have that here but we do have wild grape vines that basically do the same thing. they will completely shroud a tree.

  8. I have a large plant outside my bedroom that bears red fruit like that. A type of nandina. In the spring, robins stop, on their migration back up north, and eat them. Robins were the only birds I ever saw when growing up in Minnesota. Now, in Texas, when I see one, I'm so happy. Funny how that works.

    1. Nandina is a shrub in my area, not a vine. But is is also considered an invasive here.


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