Autumn Revolution™ American Bittersweet

Autumn Revolution American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens ‘Bailumn’ PP19,811

Description & Overview

Autumn Revolution is a fast-growing vine well-known for its fall color and orange fruit. It has many of the same qualities as the native American Bittersweet, except it’s monoecious meaning you don’t need a separate male and female plant for fruiting. You need only one plant to have the double-sized fruit with Autumn Revolution™. And like its native parent, it’s a multi-season vine, offering fragrant white flowers in spring, dense foliage in summer, with fall color and a fruit display in autumn.

Autumn Revolution Details

Mature Height: 15-25′
Mature Spread: Varies
Growth Rate: Fast
Growth Form: Vine
Light Requirements: Partial Shade
Site Requirements: Moist, Well-drained
Flower: Green-white, fragrant
Bloom Period: May-June
Foliage: Glossy dark green
Fall Color: Yellow
Fruit Notes: Orange capsules ripen from September to October

Salable #5 Container. Pictures taken late July.

Suggested Uses:

It’s a great option for woodland gardens and naturalized areas. As a fast-growing vine, it quickly covers fences, arbors, trellises, posts, walls, or other structures in the landscape. It can also be used as a groundcover to camouflage rock piles or old tree stumps.

It is a prized plant by florists as a cut plant for its orange berries or branches in dried arrangements.

Wildlife Value:

This cultivar boasts large, bright orange berries that split open to reveal fleshy, bright red seeds. These berries are poisonous to humans but are a desirable fall and winter food source for birds. The thick branches provide shelter and nesting materials.

Maintenance Tips:

Prune in the fall. Autumn Revolution™ is an extremely low maintenance, drought tolerant vine that is both salt and pollution tolerant as well. Prune off any dead or diseased vines in the fall all the way back to healthy wood. Old shoots that have not produced berries or are crowding out newer growth can be pruned off as well. Do not remove more than 20% of the plant in a season. Pruning can also be done in late winter while the plant is still dormant to encourage lush new growth.


American Bittersweet has no serious insect or disease problems.

Avoid growing vines up small trees. This can rapidly girdle trunks and branches, leading to the death of the tree. American Bittersweet suckers quickly to form large colonies. Euonymus scale and two-marked treehoppers may cause significant damage in some areas.

Leaf Lore:

Autumn Revolution™ American Bittersweet is part of the the First Editions® Collection.

The Latin name ‘scando’ means “to climb,” referring the nature of the vine. Between the bright orange berries and golden fall color, this vine is sure to add a stunning fall accent to any yard. Old wood can be pruned off and formed into wreaths for winter-long indoor interest. These vines are extremely flexible and can be shaped as needed and are ideal for dried arrangements. However, do not ingest the berries as they are toxic to humans.

Companion Plants:

Hydrangea, Chinese Lantern, Ornamental Grass. Hydrangeas have similar foliage but produce large flowers that can compliment berry clusters. Chinese Lantern Plants (which we do not sell) have a similar look and mature at the same time (at the end of the growing season – early fall) if you want consistency from a companion plant. Grasses will help fill in and cover the bottom of the vine as it matures upward.


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