Ampelopsis brevipedunculata -- Porcelain Berry

Non-native* (Japan and northern China)

Other names:  Amur Peppervine, Porcelain Ampelopsis, Porcelain Vine, Turquoise Berry


See also Shrubs of Wisconsin, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Photo by Donald Hobern on Flickr under a Creative Commons license

There is also a variegated leaf form of this plant.

Fruit has been found to have particular patterns of pigments that make them especially attractive to birds (see M. Witty, A. Yard, J.L. Kinard and Ruth O. Adekunle, 2010. Ampelopsis brevipedunculata berries are simultaneously attractive to birds and repulsive to mammals. International Journal of Botany 6: 35-40.

See also identification tips and distinguishing Ampelopsis from native grapes in Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-alikes: an Identification Guide for the Mid-Atlantic (PDF) by the New York Botanical Garden. 


* Listed as invasive in natural areas by the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.

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