Ampelopsis brevipedunculata

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Ampelopsis brevipedunculata
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. hancei soann-pho-to 001.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Vitales
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Ampelopsis
Species: A. brevipedunculata
Binomial name
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata
(Maxim.) Trautv.
Turquoise and purple porcelain berries

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (syn. Vitis heterophylla Thunb.), the porcelain berry, is an ornamental plant, native to temperate areas of Asia. It is generally similar to, and potentially confused with, grape species (genus Vitis) and other Ampelopsis species.[1]

The strange blue color of the berries is due to an anthocyanidins-flavonols copigmentation phenomenon.[2]

Ampelopsin A, B and C are stilbene oligomers found in A. brevipedunculata var hancei.[3]


Ampelopsis brevipedunculata has distinctive medium blue fruit, and is an ornamental plant used in gardens.


It is considered invasive plant species in the Eastern United States.[4] It is invasive in urban settings as well as in more pastoral settings.[4]


  1. ^ "Porcelainberry". PCA Alien Plant Working Group's least wanted. 
  2. ^ Effect of anthocyanin, flavonol co-pigmentation and pH on the color of the berries of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata. Yoshitama K., Ishikura N., Fuleki T. and Nakamura S., Journal of plant physiology, 1992, vol. 139, no5, pp. 513-518
  3. ^ Ampelopsins A, B and C, new oligostilbenes of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var hancei. Yoshiteru Oshima, Yuji Ueno and Hiroshi Hikino, Tetrahedron, volume 45, Issue 15, 1990, pages 5121-5126, doi:10.1016/S0040-4020(01)87819-4
  4. ^ a b "Porcelainberry". Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas.