- Common Name(s):
- Porcelain berry, Porcelain vine
- Elegans (variegated foliage)
- Poisonous Plants, Vines
Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata
A serious invader of the eastern United States that closely resembles native species of grape.
It invades streambanks, pond margins, forest edges and other disturbed areas. The thick mats formed by this climbing vine can cover and shade out native shrubs and young trees. It spreads very quickly since birds and mammals eat the fruit and disperse the seeds. Native to Japan and northern China, it was first introduced into the United States in 1870 as an ornamental and landscaping plant.
Prefers a porous, moist soil; seedlings can become invasive; drought tolerant
Alternatives that are less weedy:
- Deciduous, woody, climbing vine with few tendrils, that reaches heights of more than 20 ft. (6.1 m). or is a trailing, or erect shrub. Leaves: deciduous, alternate, heart -shaped, simple or pinnately divided, coarse teeth along the margins. The leaves vary from slightly lobed to deeply dissected. Berries: blue, green, pink, turquoise, light blue, black, and lavender; born in clusters in late summer and fall; dry or slightly fleshy. Prefers moist, rich soils and can thrive in a wide range of light availability.
- 10-20 ft.
- Greenish to white, inconspicuous flowers develop in small clusters in mid-summer.
- Sun to partial shade
- Poison Part:
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Unknown; questionably poisonous, but use caution
- Toxic Principle:
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN
- Found in:
- Forest or natural area, as native vine in open woods; weedy in disturbed areas; landscape, as cultivated ornamental vine
- Growth Rate:
- Climbing Method:
- Twining tendrils
NCCES plant id: 2248