Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Berry Berry Invasive

Porcelain Berry -Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, a member of the grape family is native to Northeast Asia - China, Japan, Korea and Russian Far East.  It is a highly invasive plant that can grow up to 15 feet in a single growing season.  They prefer sunlight and will climb to the top of trees.  It is estimated that they were brought to the U.S, as a cultivated plant around 1870 and through spread of seeds have taken hold in the eastern part of the U.S.  Unfortunately, the birds absolutely love them which aid in the spread of seeds.  There were several Mockingbirds trying to claim territory of this vine.

Native Grape Vine
The leaves closely resemble our native grape vine which is a better choice as it is a native and still provides a food source to wildlife (and humans).

With all of the rain this year, most of the vines I have seen are full of grapes.

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