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Ampelopsis glandulosa

Family: Vitaceae (vee-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ampelopsis (am-pel-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: glandulosa (glan-doo-LOW-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Ampelopsis brevipedunculata
Synonym:Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. elegans
Synonym:Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. maximowiczii
Synonym:Ampelopsis heterophylla
Synonym:Ampelopsis heterophylla var. hancei

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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7 positives
4 neutrals
7 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grtroes2 On Oct 19, 2014, grtroes2 from Loveland, CO wrote:

Wonderful vine for northern Colorado. Ampelopsis seeds can't survive in hard, dry alkaline soil at temps below 35 F. So ampelopsis cannot spread in this neck of the woods by birds eating the seeds. I also have never seen ampelopsis spread in this part of the country by runners or by layering in this area.

Profile information is not quite accurate: both A. glandulosa and A. aconitifolia do well in soils that dry out between watering. They do not grow nearly as vigorously or luxuriously as they did at our homestead in zone 5 SE Nebraska where the soil was damp all the time, but they are a very attractive and hardy fence and wall cover even in dry soil.

Unlike woody twining vines such as Virginia Creeper, Trumpet Vine, and Wisteria, Ampelosis climbs with tendrils, and so is very gentle to fences and other trellis structures. In fact, I created a trellis using only very fine almost-invisible plastic netting, The woody, twining vines would destroy this delicate trellis in a couple of years, but my Ampelopsis has climbed 15 feet and spread across 30 feet of wall space just on this flimsy little net.

I heartily recommend both A. glandulosa and A. aconitifolia vines for semi-arid zone 5.

Negative coriaceous On Aug 20, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

It is illegal to buy, sell, transport, or plant this species in Massachusetts, because of the destruction it does in wild areas. It's proven to be ecologically invasive from Georgia to New Hampshire and west to Iowa and Wisconsin.

I spend significant time and money getting rid of these plants. Birds continually bring in the seeds. Plants spread slowly underground by rhizomes that can be hard to dig out.

In environments where this plant is potentially invasive but not yet common, if you plant this, the birds will be dropping most of the seeds elsewhere. You will not observe this on your property. It's only after it's spread to the surrounding properties that you may observe it becoming a serious weed on yours.

Positive citybusgardener On Jun 1, 2013, citybusgardener from ( Pam ) Portland, OR wrote:

Pretty, polite little vine here in Portland Oregon, at least in my garden. I've have never noticed one anywhere get large or out of control and I generally notice plants all through the city. Very surprised to read the comments here. I've had mine for about 15 years now.

Positive ehousefinch On Mar 15, 2012, ehousefinch from MacLain, MS wrote:

I have two I grow in trellises made of branches in part and full shade in Zone 7b (Memphis TN) and they are lovely-- they've not gotten out of control, and are unfortunately easy to break. They make 2 or 3 seedling each year, but the seedlings have a less lobed leaf and tend not to grow.

Negative DaddyNature On Apr 20, 2011, DaddyNature from Atlanta, GA wrote:

I am in ATL and have it growing beside my driveway in a clump of plants. YES IT IS HARD TO KILL AND ISN'T WORTH IT.

Neutral Bea_Outdoors On Mar 21, 2011, Bea_Outdoors from Beverly, MA wrote:

I was looking for a vine to grow in shade and saw this one posted elsewhere. It looked like a very good possibility, but after researching it here I will heed the warnings and stay away from it! Thank you for the advice.

Positive fleurgoddess On Oct 29, 2010, fleurgoddess from Lincoln University, PA wrote:

Hello gardeners! I live in New London PA , first saw this vine growing wild at Ashland Nature Center in Delaware, and it was love at first site! I had to know what it was, so I did some research. I successfully transplanted one to my garden where it is happily climbing up an 8-ft tuteur. The leaves are unusually beautiful, the berries are stunning -green to bright blue-, and so far, I have been able to keep it in check.

Positive NellieLemon On Sep 11, 2010, NellieLemon from Kirksville, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

It is not invasive in zone 5. It will self seed a little bit. It grows from old wood but our Winters tend to kill off some of the old growth and so keeps it in check.

It's really a beautiful plant and the berry colors are amazing!

Positive trevi On Jul 28, 2010, trevi from Buzzards Bay, MA wrote:

We have this vine growing on our property in Plymouth MA but we have a LOT of land so it's allowed to grow wild. There is an entrance to a state park along the back of our property so it's growing along there as a beautiful privacy block. If you have a small piece of property just keep in mind that it needs as much attention as the bittersweet or wisteria vines. You constantly have to maintain it or it WILL overrun the area. The leaves & berry's are beautiful, it attracts butterflies and bees to my yard and the vines are still a great cover in the winter. Everyone who comes here takes pictures of it because it's berry's are so unusual. It's been nicknamed the "bubble gum vine" here because of the different colored, speckled berry's!

Neutral DanCornett On Oct 7, 2009, DanCornett from Landenberg, PA wrote:

I don't grow this, but it does seem to be rather invasive in some 'wild areas of South-Eastern PA; the berries are quite lovely. Picture to be uploaded...

Negative eaglemaster On Sep 18, 2007, eaglemaster from Rye, NY wrote:

i work at a sanctuary in New York and the place is over run with this plant it is highly invasive there is almost nothing that can stop this plant it is killing off all of the native plants. it grows up anything it is near and will block out the sun from other plants. cutting it only kills off what is above what has grown and will do nothing to the roots and the roots go about 10ft below the ground so it is almost imposable to dig up. i recommend getting native plants like the trumpet honeysuckle.

Negative CaptMicha On Jun 27, 2007, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I really dislike this vine. It's all over the place, growing upon it's self and anything else it can cling to.

Negative Happy_1 On Apr 12, 2006, Happy_1 from Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a nightmare here!!!!! Hap

Negative chicochi3 On Apr 26, 2005, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

Although this is a fairly attractive vine that looks like a grapevine, it is terribly invasive. It can and will choke out fully grown trees. I have seen several trees actually killed by this vine. It takes over the woods, it will cover buildings, and it can tear down fences. This may very well turn out to be the next "kudzu". And my local plant nursery sells it as an ornamental vine. Go figure.

Negative PurplePansies On Aug 12, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

WARNING!!!!! Please, please don't plant this vine. It's not that showy anyway, the berries are somewhat pretty and are the only pretty part. This vine is a NOXIOUS INVASIVE from Asia. It has choked out trees, bushes on my property and is poking through the screens on my house. I didn't plant it, but it's here anyway. Perhaps for some of these people where anything's hard to grow, (i.e. Arizona), it's not invasive, but it is everywhere else. It's ILLEGAL to plant in some states and for good reason. It has Kudzu-like potential, (Kudzu, the vine that ate the south.....). It's minor ornamental value is not worth battling its evil nature. It escapes into wild areas and CHOKES OUT NATIVE FLORA. It's berries readily re-seed, and before you know it, you'll have seedlings springing up all over the place, and going into the neighbors yard, and going into wild areas. Almost impossible to eradicate!!!!! PLEASE DON'T HELP SPREAD THIS NOXIOUS WEED!!!!!!!!!!!

Positive Lilybells On Jul 17, 2003, Lilybells from Vernon, AZ (Zone 5a) wrote:

In the arid mountains of Arizona it doesn't seem to be invasive. Mine (two) are about 4 years old. One, on south side under porch roof is growing in leaps and bounds but only started that last year. The other is on the west side so gets afternoon sun. It's much smaller but still healthy. My soil is clay. The winter birds love the berries.

Neutral mystic On Aug 31, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Has small green flowers in July followed by round fruit that changes colors from green to darker shades of purple then to a porcelain blue (which is where it gets the name Porcelain vine or Porcelain berry).Often you have several colors of fruit at one time on the plant which makes it an unusual vine.Can become invasive.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in sun or shade. Adapts well to most soils, including sandy or rocky ones. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils, however. Best flower and subsequent fruit production occur in full sun. Needs a support structure upon which to grow. Flowers on new growth, so this vine may be cut to the ground in late winter (optional) to control growth. Otherwise, trim stems as needed to maintain desired shape.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Vernon, Arizona
North Hollywood, California
San Leandro, California
Loveland, Colorado
New Haven, Connecticut
Stamford, Connecticut
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Hobart, Indiana
Ewing, Kentucky
Brookeville, Maryland
Milton, Massachusetts
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Eunice, Missouri
Kirksville, Missouri
Auburn, Nebraska
Himrod, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Hazen, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Defiance, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Salem, Oregon
Landenberg, Pennsylvania
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Memphis, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

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