Porcelainberry
Ampelopsis brevipedunculataVitaceae
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Photos (c) Cheryl Comeau Beaton unless otherwise noted

Synonyms:

  • Amur peppervine
  • Ampelopsis heterophylla

The Plant:

  • A perennial vine that can reach 10-20 feet high. Vines bear tendrils.

The Leaves:

  • alternate
  • cordate-ovate
  • 2-4 inches across
  • hairy below
  • slightly 3 or 5 lobed
  • possibly cleft
  • short-acuminate
  • crenate-dentate
  • apiculate points

The Stem:

  • young twigs hairy

The Flowers:

  • Green cymes densely covered with five-petaled flowers. Blooms from July to August.

The Fruits:

  • spherical
  • whitish, lilac, green ripen to sky blue
  • marbled
  • many fruit colors per cluster

The Habitat:

  • moist soils
  • part sun
  • stream banks, thickets, roadsides
  • shorelines, fields, forest edges
  • pastures, vacant lots, gardens

Dispersal:

  • birds
  • yard waste
  • possibly water

Key ID Features:

  • vine
  • alternate
  • 3 to 5 lobed
  • fruit yellow, lilac, and green ripen to blue
  • marbled
  • many colors

Similar Species:

  • Grapes (Vitis spp.), Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)

Notes:

  • Grown as a landscape plant this vine creates dense mats, and can over-compete with natives for water and nutrients. The fact that it is relatively insect and disease resistant allows this vine to take over an area.

Growth Form: Vine

Origin: Japan, China

Level of Invasiveness for Nantucket: Invasive

Level of Invasiveness for Massachusetts: Likely Invasive

Massachusetts Cultivation Restrictions: importation ban, propagation ban




Credits: The Electronic Field Guide to the Invasive Plants of Nantucket (c) 2005-2006 Maria Mitchell Association, EFG Project, UMass Boston