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Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’ (Purpleleaf grape)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’ VY-tiss vin-IF-er-ah Common Name: Purpleleaf grape Genus: Vitis
One of the best vines for colorful fall foliage, this woody deciduous climber has graceful purple leaves which redden in autumn for a fiery foliage display. Also in autumn, the vine bears clusters of tiny, edible blue-black grapes that are sweet inside but have bitter skins.
Noteworthy characteristics: Use to adorn a wall or train on a small trellis or arbor. More compact than other grapevines, 'Purpurea' climbs to about 20 feet. Leaves may turn green in mid-summer, but will color up again in fall.
Care: Grow in well-drained soil and full sun. Prune while dormant so stems won't weep sap.
Problems: Downy mildew, canker and dieback, gray mold, Pierce's disease, black rot, and various leaf spots occur. Grape leaf skeletonizer, Japanese beetles, scale insects, and mealybugs.
Height 15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit Runs
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Fall Foliage; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Spring
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses Trellis
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Vines

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