Three Keys for Growing Porcelain Berry or Ampelopsis
Ampelopsis or porcelain berry is a fast growing vine that will quickly
cover a small trellis or arbor.
This plant can grow up to 15 feet in a single season if given decent
soils in full sun. It will grow in part shade conditions but
flowering/fruiting is likely to be lowered.
It is a twining vine so it requires adequate support and something to
It will grow in almost any soil except a water-logged or very heavy
Variegated variety of Ampelopsis
Ampelopsis should be hardy to USDA zone 4 although I found the
variegated form to be less hardy. It tended to die to the ground or die
out completely in zone 4 cold winters.
Very easy from young stem cuttings. Seed is easy to start, if a little
irregular in germination (low germination percentage) Will
self sow from seeds.
Flowering and Fruiting
Porcelain berry is not grown for its flowers which are insignificant
but rather for its porcelain blue fall berries.
These are quite lovely although they do fall and stain concrete if the
birds don't get them all.
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This plant - while fast-growing and hardy is extremely invasive
and has exploded into a major pest in warmer climates. Many nursseries no longer carry it for this reason.
Birds do eat the berries and pass the seeds through to grow in wilder areas where it can choke out native plants with its rampant growth.
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