Vines and Climbers forum: What my husband is doing with peppervine (Ampelopsis arborea)

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
May 26, 2018 6:30 AM CST
When a peppervine started growing along this fence about 3 years ago, my husband asked what it was. I told him & we decided it would be a fine addition to our native habitat, and the fence would be a great place for it since it is mowed on all sides. He has been guiding it to solidly cover the fence and stay off of the ground. About a month ago I asked him to please find a project for some bamboo that he had brought home. So he is going to let the vines have something more to climb. I wonder if they will make a solid screen over time?
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Peppervine (Ampelopsis arborea)

Are you doing anything with peppervine?

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Name: Jen Dionne
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NHJenDion
Jun 21, 2018 11:32 AM CST
Purple,

That vine is native, but invasive, and the berries are somewhat poisonous. You'll want to proceed with caution.

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jun 21, 2018 12:32 PM CST
Hi & thanks for the warning! I promise we have no plans to eat any of it. It's for the birds, and it is welcome to do whatever it will with the fence. Agree that it is not comparable to a diminutive vine like a Clematis that one would put in a more cultivated spot.

I understand that it is very aggressive. As a gardening term, invasive implies that a plant is exotic to the location under discussion, (following the logic that a native can't invade its' own territory,) as well as aggressive enough to displace a impactful number of natives.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 23, 2018 8:34 AM CST
I suppose that, under control, it can be an attractive plant...
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 24, 2018 7:47 AM CST
It has been very enjoyable, visually for humans, and a very popular place for birds to hang out.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 24, 2018 8:03 AM CST
It will cover a fence.

Before:
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After
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 24, 2018 8:15 AM CST
(It will also cover your landscaping)
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 24, 2018 8:18 AM CST
Lovely, Arlene! I think the pics that go with the words "before" and "after" got switched.

Porkpal, I'm sure it would, like any giant, aggressive vine. There is nothing within 10-15' of the fence where it is growing in my yard, besides stupid "grass."

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 24, 2018 8:21 AM CST
Good, that allows you to mow all the suckers along with the equally useless grass.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 24, 2018 8:26 AM CST
Tiffany - the photos are labelled correctly. Look across the garden and you can see how much more of the neighbor's white house you can see in the second photo. The Limelight hydrangea is to the left of the vine.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 24, 2018 9:24 AM CST
TY, Arlene. I'm seeing a vine-covered fence in the "before" pic and a clear shot of the house in the after pic. Do you also see a constant gathering of birds around your peppervine?
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 24, 2018 1:09 PM CST
Yes, I had the vine removed but even now the birds keep returning to their former feasting spot. I'd never allow it to grow again.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 25, 2018 7:39 AM CST
Ooooh, now I get it. TY for sticking with me & explaining! I probably missed something you said up-thread.





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Name: stone
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stone
Nov 5, 2018 4:14 PM CST
purpleinopp said:When a peppervine started growing along this fence about 3 years ago, my husband asked what it was. I told him & we decided it would be a fine addition to our native habitat, and the fence would be a great place for it since it is mowed on all sides.

Are you doing anything with peppervine?



I eat the berries...

Found a really tasty vine recently...
Berries tasted like wild black cherries when I bit into them... swallowing them was like eating mild hot peppers.

I had them everywhere in my last garden... they were there when I got there...
Haven't seen them in the current location...

If you plan to grow them for the birds... what's not to love?
Birds gotta eat.

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