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Porcelain Vine

My favorite Fall vine

It’s space-sharing with the formidable wisteria and some clematis.

This time of year the perennials are past prime and finding their fall colors the annuals are leggy and bolting, and most other vines (the clematis, really) have lost their luster.

But the Porcelain Vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata) is hitting peak pretty. It’s a member of the grape family, another woody vine.

Birds love it – so much so that they can become invasive. They’re vigorous and can grow to 25 ft. In other parts of the country may be considered invasive, but not here in Buffalo.

Lovely leaves.

It likes full sun but will tolerate shade – like where it is in my garden. On the arbor on our deck where it resides, it gets mixed with the wisteria vine to the right and a Jackmanii clematis to the left it shares the arbor with.

The berries, from what I’ve read, are edible, but don’t taste good – but they’re beautiful! They have a glass-like finish and range from pale blues to deep purples, like porcelain.

As a bonus, it has unique-shaped leaves. My vine has variegated leaves. It’s right up next to the picnic table so anyone sitting there gets an up-close appreciation of the vine.


My second-favorite fall vine is the Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora). It’s in its third year in this spot and has come into its own. The cloud of white flowers is a bright spot on gray days. Just beyond the Sweet Autumn Clematis is the arbor with the Dutchman’s Pipe Vine, more clematis, honeysuckle vine, and five leaf akebia vine which I’ve covered on this post about making a hanging light, and this one on making wreaths from the vine.

The dinosaur skeleton has not been found chomping on the Sweet Autumn Clematis. He likes hostas.

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3 comments on “Porcelain Vine

  1. Hi Jim,
    “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
    Here in Northern VA, I am regularly tearing out ‘Porcelain Berry’ as it’s a non-native invasive which would be happy to choke out bushes and small trees. And, yes, the birds make sure I have more to work on each year.
    I do have a Euonymous, ‘Heart’s a Bustin’ Strawberry Bush’ that has great looking purple berries, almost neon, and is not invasive. It doesn’t give a long show as birds love the berries, but they look fine for a while.
    If your weather keeps your ‘Porcelain Berry’ under control, then that’s fine, and the vine would look better to me if it wasn’t such a bully!


    • That’s a good way to put it – trash/treasure. From having posted this I’ve learned that mine isn’t as invasive because of our winters, because its the variegated kind (seem to be less vigorous), and because it is in the shade.


      • Hi Jim,
        I’ve never seen the variegated type, and with the berries I’m sure it looks great. You know, dandelions look great too, but …

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