Porcelain vine is a woody vine that produces berries in beautiful shades of purple and bright blue. Unfortunately these fruits contain seeds and the plant self-seeds aggressively making it weedy. This plant is under observation and may be listed on official invasive species lists in the near future. Review of risks should be undertaken before selecting this vine for planting sites.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Dry soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil
Season of Interest:
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of Climbing
Porcelain vine is vigorous and may grow up to 25 feet long. The vine climbs by twining and tendrils.
Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support. Vines with tendrils climb by twisting those tendrils around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.
Full sun is best for fruit production, but this vine also tolerates a fair amount of shade. Tolerates a wide range of conditions, but wet soils should be avoided.
Disease, pests, and problems
Japanese beetles are a major defoliator of this vine.
Fungal leaf spots occur from time to time.
This vine becomes weedy through self-seeding.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Japan, Korea and China.
The leaves are simple and alternate. Leaf shape is variable. The leaf may have three lobes and resemble grape leaves r they may have 5 lobes and be a bit more intricate. Fall color is a mild yellow at best.
Small green flowers; not showy. The flowers are produced in summer.
Small berries that show a range of colors from lilac to purple to blue and turquoise. Fruit clusters will have berries of different colors at the same time. Showy in late summer and fall.