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Climbing or climbing wood (Celastrus scandens) is a large deciduous liana reaching a height of 7-8 m, twisting around a support in a spiral.

The branches are gray, shiny, with a solid white core. Annual shoots are green or yellowish-green, glabrous, without noticeably protruding lentils, cylindrical. The kidneys are small, ovoid, brown.

They have hard, outer scales, with sharp, tenacious tips bent outward.

The leaves of the climbing pliers are ovoid or elliptical, 5-10 cm long and 2.5-5 cm wide, spiky, finely serrate, bare. Petioles 5-20 mm long.

Dipper flowers are dioecious, whitish-green, in sparsely branched upright panicles, 5-10 cm long. Blossoms in May - June.

Particularly beautiful are the fruits of orange color, as well as seeds that have brightly colored seedlings. The fruits ripen in October and hang on the branches until December. It grows quite quickly, tolerates partial shade.

Curly wood pliers are hardy. The soil prefers rather moist, loamy. On a support to a wind it is steady.

Encircling young weak trees, a liana can destroy them, hindering their growth.

Propagate the pliers with seeds, green cuttings, layering.

Climbing wood-cutter is one of the most beautiful vines with mosaic leaves, and during fruiting and bright red-yellow fruits.

It is suitable for decorating the walls of buildings, high fences, as well as old dead trees in the garden.

Distribution area: North America - from the province of Quebec in Canada to North Carolina, to the west to Manitoba, Kansas, New Mexico. In culture since 1736.

In the USSR, climbing pliers are widely cultivated in landscaping the central and southern regions of the European part. Here it blooms and bears fruit. Winter-hardy.

Sources: Creepers. N.V. Osipova
Gardening of balconies: a reference guide. Alexandrova M.S., Krestnikova A.D., M, 1991

Curling wood pliers, American wood pliers

Celastrus scandens
Family Eucalyptus (Celastraceae)

hardy, promising for cultivation south of St. Petersburg

annual thinning required

in June, after the deployment of leaves, for 20-25 days

• leaves are ovate, finely serrated along the edge, with a pointed apex and broad-wedge-shaped base, glabrous on both sides, up to 10 cm long, on the petiole up to 2 cm long, lighter than that of the Round-leaved pliers,
• in the fall get a lemon yellow color

flowers are dioecious, small, nondescript, yellow-green or whitish

end upright panicles up to 10 cm long

• rounded yellow boxes up to 0.8 cm in diameter,
• seeds covered with red seedling

Bailumn syn. Autumn revolution - a variety with unusually large (about 1 cm in diameter) and bright yellow-orange fruits that burst when ripe, exposing red seed. (Zone 3).

• pests and diseases are practically not damaged,
• one of the most spectacular vines, recommended for landscaping tunnels, canopies, arches

Climbing or climbing wood, American (Сelastrus scandens)

Climbing or climbing wood, American (Сelastrus scandens)

Climbing or climbing wood, American (Сelastrus scandens)

Climbing or climbing wood, American (Сelastrus scandens)

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Climbing or climbing wood, American (Сelastrus scandens)

Description: the most popular species in gardening, often grown without support in a creeping form. The braid-like liana reaches a length of 10-12 m. The length of the liana reaches 18 m. The leaf plates are obovate in shape, the surface is glossy, dark green in color, they are rough from the bottom, with a bluish tint. Inflorescences are similar to the previous species, unripe fruits have a yellowish tint.

Leaves: the leaf plates are rounded at the base, the tips are pointed, the light green color changes to yellow in autumn.

Bloom: It begins in June and lasts about 25 days, the flowers are small, yellowish in color. The greenish globular fruits ripen to red by October.


"Diana" female decorative form.

"Hercules" male decorative form, does not bear fruit.

Use in landscape design: as a groundcover, it grows well in the northern regions. The lashes extend approximately 10 m in length. The ovate-shaped leaf plates with serrated edges.