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Ampelopsis brevipedunculata 'Elegans' (v)

ampelopsis 'Elegans'

  • Other common names ampelopsis 'Elegans'
    variegated porcelain berry

  • Synonyms Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata 'Tricolor'
    Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata f. citrulliodes 'Elegans'

    Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata 'Elegans'
    Ampelopsis brevipedunculata 'Tricolor'
    Ampelopsis brevipedunculata 'Variegata'
    Ampelopsis variegata
    Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. elegans
    Ampelopsis elegantissima

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  • Family Vitaceae

  • Genus Ampelopsis are vigorous self-clinging deciduous woody climbers with attractive simple, lobed or pinnately divided leaves often colouring in autumn, and insignificant greenish flowers, followed by blue or black berries

  • Details 'Elegans' is a vigorous climber with heart-shaped or 3 to 5-lobed leaves to 12cm long, heavily-mottled with white and pink. Branched clusters of small green flowers may appear in summer, followed by pinkish-purple berries that later turn blue


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Climbing

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any moist but well-drained, fertile soil. Best planted against a warm, sheltered, partially-shaded wall. Can be shy to flower and fruit. May also be grown as a houseplant

Propagation Propagate by seed in containers in an open frame in autumn, or stratify and sow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring. Root softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11 in spring

Pests Generally trouble free

Diseases Generally trouble free

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