Peppervine, Pepper Vine
Vitaceae (Grape Family)
▲▼ new foliage showing reddish color
▲▼ stem with tiny flower cluster
▲ vine growing along edge of road
Ampelopsis arborea: Peppervine or Pepper Vine
Location near campus: inside south fence of Japanese Stroll Garden at the Botanical Center in Springfield, MO
· has alternate, bipinnately compound leaves that are glossy-red when they emerge, turning medium to dark green; leaves are 4-8” long and about 2/3 as wide, with ½ to 1 ¼ inc long leafleaflets with toothed margins
· vines can grow 20-30 feet long/tall and more; climbs by clasping tendrils located opposite leaves at nodes
· has axillary clusters (panicles) of tiny white flowers in late spring
· fruit is a 1/3 inch diameter purple berry, edible to wildlife
· very rampant growth, almost considered a weed in southeastern U.S.
· native to Missouri and southeastern U.S.