Plant ID forum: Misidentified shrub, or possibly a vine within a shrub

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Nov 4, 2013 8:21 AM CST
Zone 5b, northern Indiana. Dry hillside understory. Pictures taken in mid-October.












These are all of the available images that I have.

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Name: A.m.

angele
Nov 4, 2013 3:13 PM CST
Could it be American Bittersweet? Celastrus scandens
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CESC
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Nov 4, 2013 3:42 PM CST
I really don't know how to differentiate between the American and the Oriental Bittersweet, but that does look like it might be the one.
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Name: A.m.

angele
Nov 4, 2013 3:53 PM CST
One website said "berries: American bittersweet plants appear at the tips of the vines only, while those of the oriental type grow along the vine" and that the American stems are smooth while the Oriental has blunt thorns. But, I can't vouch for the author. Did you see any thorns?
http://landscaping.about.com/cs/groundcovervines1/a/bittersw...
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Nov 4, 2013 4:29 PM CST
I bet it is the American then as I saw no thorns anywhere at all, and the fruit seems to be just on the ends of the branches.

Thanks, Angele! Thumbs up
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angele
Nov 4, 2013 4:38 PM CST
Hurray! for native plants! Thanks chelle Smiling

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