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Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'

Ornamental vine

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Feature

Autumn colour, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Dave Bevan, copyright GAP Photos (302106)

Plant details

The purple grape vine looks good from late spring until mid-autumn, making it one of the most valuable climbers for a small or medium-sized garden. The young foliage soon starts to take on bronzy tones which deepen to mauve, and then rich deep purple in autumn. This coincides with the ripening of the small bunches of grapes, almost exactly the same colour as the leaves. The grapes are small and bitter, but can be eaten even though full of pips they are best used as garnishes or left on the plants for decoration. When ripe, even the birds are reluctant to feed on them. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Vitaceae

Genus: Vitis

Species: vinifera

Cultivar: Purpurea

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Autumn colour, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 700cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to take cuttings: January to April


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