Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’

purple-leaf grape vine

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Outstanding Qualities

This is a wonderful selection of the common wine grape. The foliage emerges in the spring green with a flush of burgundy. As the summer progresses the leaves develop more burgundy and cabernet red tones. Deep purple clusters of grapes hang from the vines in late summer, unfortunately the edible fruit will often not fully ripen in our climate. In fall the vine is ablaze with saturated deep reds that are brilliant with back lighting. Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea' can be grown through trees and large shrubs or on a trellis or arbor.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: green

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering to drought tolerant

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Great in combination growing with Clematis 'Duchess of Albany', or growing through Malus transitoria Golden Raindrops, or Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'.

Great Color Contrasts: gold, variegated, cream

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver, bronze

Culture Notes
Purpleleaf wine grape 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.