Is Climbing Bittersweet Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Climbing Bittersweet

The Climbing Bittersweet is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include convulsions, diarrhea, seizures, vomiting and weakness.

Climbing Bittersweet are perennial plants that feature yellowish-green to brown stems, pea sized orange fruits and woody stems.  They are a species of Celastrus that thrives on rich, well-drained woodland soils. Their fruits are considered poisonous to humans however the native Americans use the roots to treat venereal disease and cure symptoms of tuberculosis. You can see them in full bloom in the month of June.

The scientific name for this plant is Celastrus scandens. Additional name for this plant include American Bittersweet, Bittersweet, False Bittersweet, Oriental Bittersweet, Shrubby Bittersweet and Waxwork.

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