Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
The unusual violet berries of this hardy woody vine really stand out in the fall. Peppervine is native to regions across the southern United States. It is rarely cultivated due to its aggressive and rampant growth habit.
Considered by many to be a weed, this deciduous vine is extremely adaptable to most growing conditions. It is fast growing and short-lived. The shiny compound leaves emerge red, turn green and then change to bright red in fall. Loose clusters of berries appear in summer. These transition from yellow to light purple and dark violet by fall and are eaten and spread by birds.
Peppervine is not finicky as to the soil it grows in, but flowering and fruiting is more robust in a sunnier location in a moist, well drained soil.
8 - 2
7 - 9
A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m
5'-100' / 1.5m - 30.5m
Southeastern United States, South-Central United States
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought, Soil Compaction
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Purple, Light Yellow, Pink, Light Blue, Turquoise, Dark Blue, Violet, Blue Violet, Plum
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