Oriental Bittersweet is invasive and American Bittersweet is native but becoming rare…I didn’t pay attention to which kind I found in the woods, but oh how excited I get when I see this plant in the wild. It’s a real, “Stop spacing out and take a look at me”, kind of plant. Hiking on a gray winter day, surrounded by browns, blues, and tans, this show stopper really pops out.
I love the warm yellow and red colors right next to each other. It’s interesting to study how each yellow shell opens up and peals away and I’m glad I caught it before it disappeared.
I wonder what bird will eat these bittersweet berries?