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Peppervine (Ampelopsis arborea)

Peppervine is a deciduous vine with leaves that are alternate, bipinnate or tripinnate with a coarsely toothed margin. The bark is brown with thin layers. In summer, small, 5-petaled green flowers are borne on short cymes. The vine produces a blue-black drupe that matures in late summer to early fall.


Fruit is eaten by songbirds and small mammals. White-tailed deer browse the leaves and twigs.

Plant Type Vine
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Low
Regions Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Wet, Moist
Bloom Times Summer, Late Summer
Seed Times Late Summer
Wildlife Value Fleshy Fruit
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