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Holiday Decorating with Bittersweet Vine

I have a new love. I went to a farmer’s market in Mooresville, NC and discovered Oriental Bittersweet Vine. I was paying for my purchases when I saw someone carrying brilliantly colored branches of berries out. I immediately added two bunches to my purchase, but didn’t have a clue what I would do with them.

When I got home I put them in these vintage gallon jugs and secured them by tying a piece of twine to the handle of the jug. I was able to make these “swooping” shapes and hold them in place. They add a splash of fall color and are so unique!

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  1. Beautiful. I love natural decor. I have a link party on Tuesdays {The Inspiration Board} and I’d be thrilled if you linked this up. I know my readers would really enjoy it. Hope to see you there.
    carolyn – homework

  2. Courtney,

    I live in NJ where last weekend's snowstorm took down many trees. My daughter and I were out walking a few hours ago when we came across a large broken branch covered in Oriental Bittersweet. When we got home we grabbed some clippers, gardening gloves and jumped in the car. We were able to get several beautiful vines. I was googling how to decorate them and I came across your website. Thank you for your great idea!


  3. Terry, that is so exciting! I am so glad you found this post helpful-please post pictures on your blog! 🙂

  4. Oriental bittersweet is an invasive vine that does a huge amount of damage to trees and other plants. If you must decorate with it, don’t let the berries fall on the ground and dispose of the vines in the trash rather than in the woods or a leaf pile. Many states do not allow this plant to be sold. You can see the damage bittersweet vines do at:

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