Common Name: Porcelain berry
Scientific Name: Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (Maxim.) Trautv.
Synonyms: Porcelainberry, amur peppervine
Efforts must be made to prevent seed maturation and dispersal of plants into new areas. Additionally, no illegal transportation, propagation, or sale of these plants is allowed. Failure to comply may result in enforcement action by the county or local municipality.
Porcelain berry is native to Asia and was introduced to the U.S. in the 1870s as an ornamental landscape plant. This vine is widespread in the eastern U.S. and some Midwestern states. In recent years, it has been found in a few scattered locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
Porcelain berry grows well in a wide variety of soil types, especially thriving in forest edges, thickets, river and pond banks, and woodland openings. It is not tolerant of heavily shaded areas such as mature forest interiors, instead preferring full to partial sun.
This vine readily spreads by seed; birds and other animals are attracted by the fruit and will spread it long distances. The seeds germinate after natural or human disturbance. It can also spread vegetatively by resprouting from roots, especially in response to cutting above-ground vines.
Porcelain berry is widespread on the East Coast and has become a particular problem in the southeastern states. It is slowly spreading westward. It has been found in scattered places in recent years in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. View porcelain berry distribution in Minnesota.
Porcelain berry overtakes other vegetation and can shade out native shrubs and trees. It can form thick monocultures which reduce species diversity and wildlife habitat.