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Question:
I purchased two celastrus scanden vines two years ago; they have grown enormously but have not produced the berries I wanted for my winter garden. I have either two males or two females I suppose. Both produced very tiny tiny sprays of flowers ... how do I tell if these are male or female? I am trying to avoid the expense of buying another set of male and female plants. Your help will be appreciated.



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Dear Terry,

Both male and female vines need to be grown if fruit is desired.

The following may be helpful:

http://www.msue.msu.edu/msue/imp/modop/00000311.html
http://www.bbg.org/NYMF/encyclopedia/cel/cel0030a.htm
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Celassc.htm
http://www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/celastrusspp.htm
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/herbhunters/bittersweet.html

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.



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