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Ampelopsis brevipedunculata

porcelain berry

Life cycle: woody, deciduous perennial vine similar to wild grape; invasive. At one time commonly sold by the nursery trade

overgrown porcelain berry
Porcelain berry taking over a landscape
Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, 

Growth habit: climbs by tendrils; leaves alternate, dark green, maple-shaped with toothed margins, vary from slightly lobed to deeply cut
Reproduction: seeds and regrowth from roots

immature fruit
Maturing porcelain berry fruit
Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, 

Conditions that favor growth: common in moist shady environments
Cultural control:  remove plants to the ground before seeds are formed and dispersed; may take several seasons of manual removal to get under control

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