ampelopsis ăm˝pĭlŏp´səs [key] [Gr.,=looking like a vine], botanic name for woody ornamental vines of the genus Ampelopsis, but in horticulture also traditionally applied to the Virginia creeper , Boston ivy , and others of related genera of the family Vitaceae ( grape family). Species of Ampelopsis native to Asia and North America have showy berries of various colors. The pepper-vine ( A. arborea ) is indigenous to the S United States. Ampelopsis is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Rhamnales, family Vitaceae.

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