Plant Care American Bittersweet

American Bittersweet

About American Bittersweet

American bittersweet is a twining vine in the Celastraceae (bittersweet) family, native to the southeast. It is best known for its bright red berries and yellow leaves in the fall and the fruit is also used for dried arrangements. It prefers moist well-drained slightly alkaline sandy soil.


Celastrus scandens

Also known as

staffvine, waxwork, climbing bittersweet and shrubby bittersweet

How to care for American Bittersweet


How often to water your American Bittersweet

Water needs for American Bittersweet
0.5 cups
every 9

American Bittersweet needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for American Bittersweet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Bittersweet: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Bittersweet love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American Bittersweet does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize American Bittersweet

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American Bittersweet: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American Bittersweet after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

American Bittersweet is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for American Bittersweet

American Bittersweet

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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