Bittersweet, Asiatic

Celastrus orbiculatus
A twining, woody vine that can climb to 60'. The opposite, simple, blunt-toothed leaves vary in shape from ovate to nearly round and may be pointed or blunt tipped. The 1/4" flowers are in small clusters or racemes in the leaf axils. The corolla is bell-shaped with 5 spreading green lobes. There are 5 lance-shaped sepals and 5 white anthers. The up to 1/2" yellow-orange fruit opens to show a scarlet fleshy seed. Blooms May, June; fruits October, November. Found in woods borders, fencerows, thickets.
American bittersweet (C. scandens) is similar but has egg-shaped leaves and the flowers are in terminal clusters.