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Ampelopsis cordata (Heartleaf peppervine)
Loveless, Brenda K.

Ampelopsis cordata

Ampelopsis cordata Michx.

Heartleaf peppervine, Heart-leaf ampelopsis

Vitaceae (Grape Family)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Climber
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Purple
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: 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

Growing Conditions

Water 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


Use 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 on display at the following locations:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0285 Collected in Kendall County by Kristina Coates

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Ampelopsis cordata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ampelopsis cordata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ampelopsis cordata


Record Modified: 2012-07-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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