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Vitis vinifera

Grape vine

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour

White

Feature

Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Visions, copyright GAP Photos (181743)

Plant details

This grape vine is a vigorous, high-powered tendril climber, which can easily cover a house wall if left unchecked, covering it in large, lobed, bright green summer leaves up to 15cm long. The tiny green summer flowers are followed by late summer bunches of small grapes. For a Vitis with strong autumn leaf colour, go for the deep, dark purple 'Purpurea', and for tasty edible grapes grown against a sheltered, sunny garden wall, try the likes of 'Brandt' and 'Gloire de Boskoop'. Vitis can easily be cut back the moment it gets close to the guttering, ideally when dormant.

Family: Vitaceae

Genus: Vitis

Species: vinifera

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 700cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to take cuttings: February to February


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