This relative of grape vines is common throughout Indiana, and is an excellent hardy and high wildlife value species to reintroduce to restoration areas! Vines in full sun produce blue berries on red stalks that are readily consumed by birds. Fall leaf color is frequently a stunning red! Prefers part shade and moist or medium soils, but is readily adaptable.
These are robust and sizable vines, do not allow them to grow up walls or into gutters! Can be grown as a creeping ground cover and used for erosion control, or allowed to climb up fences, trellises, or tree trunks. Unlike many other native vines, it will cling to and grow up flat surfaces! Allowing vines to grow up the trunks of mature trees is an easy way to increase local diversity, and harsh pruning, including cutting vines back to the ground, can be used to keep well established vines from over growing host trees. Vines may have male flowers, female flowers, or both, but are common enough that single plantings often cross pollinate with wild plants.

Pollination: Male and female sometimes needed.

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade

Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic

Soil Type: Adaptable

Height: 60’

Width: -

Bloom Color: Yellow/Green

Bloom Time: May-Aug

Fruit: Female flowers produce blue berries mature in fall.

Fall Color: Red

Root Type: Woody

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract a small number of bees. Hosts at least 15 moth species, including the eight-spotted forester, Virginia creeper clearwing, and Nessus sphinx, as well as a few beetles, borers, leafhoppers, treehoppers, and smaller insects. 30+ species of woodland birds are known to eat the berries, including blue birds, chickadees, pileated woodpeckers, and wood thrush. Skunks and fox squirrels also feed on berries, foliage is commonly browsed by mammals.

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