Ampelopsis Species, Porcelain Berry Vine, Amur Peppervine

Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata

Family: Vitaceae (vee-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ampelopsis (am-pel-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: glandulosa var. brevipedunculata
Synonym:Ampelopsis brevipedunculata
Synonym:Ampelopsis regeliana
Synonym:Cissus brevipedunculata
Synonym:Vitis brevipedunculata


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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


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

Berwick, Louisiana

Brookeville, Maryland

Hyattsville, 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

Bellevue, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 14, 2015, Hannahviolet from Berwick, LA wrote:

Can it grow in lousiana


On Jul 15, 2015, AxelDC from Hyattsville, MD wrote:

Bane of my existence. If I had a nickel for every seedling or vine I've removed from my yard, I could hire a gardener.

Whenever I look at a flower bed and think "what a mess!" I notice porcelain berry vine matting and tangling the flowers and shrubs. Once you locate the root and remove the vines, you will marvel at how many feet this can grow in a few days.

It is an attractive vine, but you have to be constantly vigilant at removing it or it will literally smother your garden to death.


On May 18, 2015, fiberous from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

It would appear that if you don't live near a forest or other wild area and have a sunny relatively dry location that this vine can be controlled. In my garden it is well behaved and the few self-seeded extras make good items for our annual hort society plant sale. I have the variegated one and it is lovely although it has taken a year or two to get established from seed. The original died, presumably because the shade was too dense in the place it was planted. The seedlings were in an inconvenient place, but transplanted well. The birds here don't eat the berries. If it should spread to the neighbour's tomato patch, she will have it out before it can get comfortable!


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 ten... read more


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

It is illegal to buy, sell, transport, or plant this woody climber 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. BONAP reports that it has naturalized in 22 states and 1 province.

I spend significant time and money getting rid of these plants. Birds continually bring in the seeds. Plants spread slowly underground by thick shallow 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 i... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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...


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.


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.


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

This is a nightmare here!!!!! Hap


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.


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... read more


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.


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.


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.