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Loveless, Brenda K.
Ampelopsis cordata Michx.
Heartleaf peppervine, Heart-leaf ampelopsis
USDA Symbol: amco2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A tendril bearing vine climbing into trees in stream bottoms and wooded canyons, bearing a resemblance to wild grapes but the fruit not edible. Leaf blades up to 5 inches long and 4 inches wide broadly ovate, with an extended tip, coarsely toothed margins, and a truncate to heart shaped base. Flowers inconspicuous, borne in clusters opposite the leaves, the flower stems frequently twining as tendrils. Fruit a berry up to 5/16 inch in diameter, slightly wider than long, ripening from late summer into fall.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Leaf Retention: Deciduous Size Notes:
Purple Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AL , AR , CT , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NE , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV Native Habitat:
Stream/river banks, Open woodlands, Flood plains/bottomland USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Caliche type, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
BenefitUse Ornamental: Attractive, Fast growing, Twines on fences & other plants
Use Wildlife: Fruit-birds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0285
Collected in Kendall County by Kristina Coates
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Record Modified: 2012-07-12
Research By: TWC Staff