If you are looking for a climbing plant with brilliant autumn colour then the Ornamental Grape could be the one for you.
Grow it over a pergola as a living shade plant, or along a fence as a screen. Perhaps let it scramble through trees and shrubs, it can provide shade in summer as well as autumn tones.
The botanical name is Vitis vinifera, and it is related to the common ‘Grape Vine’. This is a variety that does not fruit as much. This has its advantages in that it does not attract birds as readily, and does not drop its fruit as much, so less mess than the fruiting type.
This is a fast growing vine that climbs using tendrils. The new foliage is mid to deep green, and as autumn comes around the foliage turns to reds and crimson creating a great ornamental backdrop.
Ornamental Grape Care
This is a vigorous climber and needs to be planted in a position where it will not out compete smaller plants. It can be allowed to climb through taller trees if desired.
Plant in a humus rich soil and water through the first summer. Mulch to maintain a cool root run.
Basic care requirements include using a slow release fertiliser in spring every year or two to help promote growth.
Pruning to maintain size and keep it clear of other plants can be carried out as required.
Ornamental Grape Summary Information.
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich moist.
- Foliage – Green turning red in autumn.
- Flowers -Insignificant.
- Height – The ornamental grape can easily climb to 8 metres given something to climb on.
- Spread – Will spread along a fence to 8 to 10 metres.
Propagation is from cuttings taken in spring.
Available for sale from the following nurseries
82 David Hill Rd Monbulk (Opposite Vika Ave)
Japanese Maple and Magnolia specialists, Wholesale and Retail. Large range of other deciduous and evergreen ornamental trees and shrubs.
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order