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Loveless, Brenda K.
Ampelopsis cordata Michx.
Heartleaf peppervine, Heart-leaf ampelopsis
Synonym(s): Cissus ampelopsis
USDA Symbol: amco2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, WV Native Habitat:
Stream/river banks, Open woodlands, Flood plains/bottomland
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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, TXMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0285
Collected in Kendall County by Kristina Coates
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-12
Research By: TWC Staff