Purpleleaf grape

Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’

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Purpleleaf grape (Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’)
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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.

Overview

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
Type
Vines

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