Purple-Leaf Grape Vine

Purple-Leaf Grape VineVitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’, or purple-leaf grape vine shines as a garden plant 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 a gorgeous bronzy 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 color 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. Purple-leaf grape vine can be grown through trees and large shrubs or on a trellis or arbor. This is a vigorous, deciduous, large leafed, tendril-climber with deeply-lobed leaves.

Purple-Leaf Grape Vine: Culture

Purple-leaf grape vine prefers a location with full sun to light or open shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand or clay if the drainage is adequate. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather. No pruning is necessary, but it can be lightly pruned in winter to control its growth.

Purple-Leaf Grape Vine: Propagation

Propagate by layering or hardwood cuttings.

Pests & Diseases

Purple-leaf grape vine may get glasshouse red spider mites and brown scale. It is also susceptible to powdery mildews

Additional Information

Genus: Vitis

Species: vinifera

Cultivar: ‘Purpurea’

Plant Type: Spreading vine

Foliage Type: Deciduous

Plant Height: 1 feet

Plant Width: 30 feet

Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: Green

Light Exposure: Full sun

Water Requirements: Regular watering to drought tolerant

Plant Combinations: Grow with Clematis ‘Duchess of Albany’, or grow it through Malus transitoria Golden Raindrops, or Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’.

Great Color Contrasts: Gold, variegated, cream

Great Color Partners: Dark green, silver, bronze

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  1. This is a great plant- it’s wild cousin is abundant in Ohio!
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  2. I grew this is my last garden I had to leave after I got paralyzed. I wonder how stunning it would look with sweet autumn clematis weaving through it.

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