Oriental bittersweet in Minnesota

Updated December 2013:

Video: Extension created two bittersweet identification videos for crafters or others working with bittersweet. The short video (1:23) is just about identification, the longer (2:30) video discusses both identification and forest damage due to Oriental bittersweet.

Short version:

Longer version:


Fact sheet: Extension has recently published a fact sheet on the emerging and potentially serious threat posed to sheet here: Oriental bittersweet.eet in Minnesota fact sheet (PDF). We’ve also got a handy 2-page guide Minnesota woodlands from Oriental bittersweet. Download a free PDF copy of the fact


Reporting: Think you see Oriental bittersweet in the woods? Please report it here. to identifying Oriental and American bittersweet


Presentation: The presentation below was created by Monika Chandler at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.  Oriental bittersweet is a serious invasive threat in much of the eastern United States.  This presentation is designed to aid in the identification and management of new oriental bittersweet outbreaks in Minnesota.

More on oriental bittersweet in Minnesota from MDA and DNR.

The presentation can be downloaded, complete with slide notes, from the MyMinnesotaWoods Slideshare account.  The author invites you to use it for any educational purpose.

If you have questions about the presentation, please contact Monika Chandler, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 651-201-6537, Monika.Chandler@state.mn.us .


The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team.

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