the barn in fall

the barn in fall

Monday, November 1, 2010


...or rather, it's evil cousin.  This bittersweet came from Asia about 150 years ago and is invading the territory of our native bittersweet, and worse, killing our trees.  It's a pretty death - the vines are loaded with orange berries this time of year.  Last month they looked like this as the outer shell was just beginning to peel back from the berries:
Now the leaves have fallen off and the shells have peeled off the berries, leaving a gorgeous tangle of orange:
It's beautiful, and before next spring I'll rip out this vine and begin the endless battle to keep it from returning and choking out another tree.

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