Ampelopsis brevipedunculata 'Elegans'


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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour



Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A modest growing climber that deserves to be much better known. The striking pink, cream and green variegated leaves resemble those of a small hop or vine, and contrast well with the pink tendrils by which the plant attaches itself to a trellis or a similar support. After a hot summer, small gem-like turquoise fruits are a welcome bonus. Since the stems die down to ground level each winter, the plants stay compact without pruning. However, old stems need cutting back to the ground in late autumn when they die back naturally. Grow on a trellis or over an arch with one or two hybrid clematis. Hardy and frost tender, this plant tolerates most soils, even naturally poor soil, but must be kept moist. It can grow in semi-shade or no-shade areas.

Family: Vitaceae

Genus: Ampelopsis

Species: brevipedunculata

Cultivar: Elegans

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 90cm

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