Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. maximowiczii 'Elegans'
Common Name: porcelain vine
Type: Vine
Family: Vitaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 10.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 8.00 to 15.00 feet
Bloom Time: July
Bloom Description: Greenish
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Colorful
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy


Grow in average, medium moisture soil in full sun to part shade. Does well in shade, but best fruiting is in full sun and best variegated leaf color is in light shade. Flowers and fruits appear on new growth, so vine can be cut to ground in late winter, if desired, to control growth.

Noteworthy Characteristics

A fast growing, tendril climbing, deciduous vine which is similar in habit to wild grape vines growing up to 20' high. The three-lobed leaves are variegated with white. Young leaves exhibit a pinkish tinge in the spring. Inconspicuous, greenish flowers appear in July and give way to clusters of blue berries in fall. Fruit is initially a pale blue which turns turquoise as it ripens. Fruits attract birds.


Japanese beetles can be a significant problem.

Garden Uses

Variegated foliage is attractive and makes for an excellent cover for a trellis, arbor, fence or rock pile. Can also be used to sprawl over an outcropping or wall.