One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deciduous, woody perennial vine of Asian origin, first cultivated as an ornamental and now regarded as an aggressive invader in most of the eastern US. The attractive berries, in multiple colors from white to deep purple, appear in early autumn.
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, family Vitaceae
- ‘The most notorious interlopers are two vines of Asian ancestry: a bittersweet and porcelainberry.’
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