fbpx Porcelain vine | The Morton Arboretum

Porcelain vine

Porcelain vine has beautiful blue and purple berries.

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.

Botanical name:

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata

All Common Names:

Porcelain vine, Amur peppervine

Family (English):

Grape

Family (Botanic):

Vitaceae

Tree or Plant Type:

  • Vine

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Size Range:

  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7,
  • Zone 8

Soil Preference:

  • Dry soil,
  • Moist, well-drained soil

Tolerances:

  • Dry sites,
  • Occasional drought,
  • Alkaline soil,
  • Clay soil

Season of Interest:

  • Late summer,
  • Early fall

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Inconspicuous

Shape or Form:

  • Vining

Growth Rate:

  • Fast

More Information:

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.

Plant Care

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.

Leaf description

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.

Flower description

Small green flowers; not showy.  The flowers are produced in summer.

Fruit description

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.

Cultivars and their differences

Variegated porcelain vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata 'Elegans'):  Foliage is variegated and more deeply lobed.

Location of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (Porcelain vine) at the Arboretum