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Ampelopsis cordata (Heartleaf peppervine)
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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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Climber, stems up to about 25 feet long. May be longer in optimum conditions.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Purple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , 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

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 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

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

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: 2022-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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