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Heart-leaf Pepper Vine, Heart-leaf Ampelopsis, Racoon Grape, Possum Grape, Simple-leaf Ampelopsis
Ampelopsis cordata


As its name indicates, heartleaf pepper vine has simple heart-shaped leaves that closely resemble some species of grape. It is a high-climbing woody vine that attaches with tendrils, found in stream bottom woods, roadsides, and rich woodlands from Southeast and East Texas to the Edwards Plateau. The fruits are grape-like, turning from orange-pink to turquoise-blue as they mature, and are eaten by several species of birds. Pepper vines are extremely adaptable to different soils and light conditions, except very dry sites.

Plant Habit or Use: vine

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: greenish, inconspicuous

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: turquoise-blue grape-like berry

Height: to 25 feet


Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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