Vitis coignetiae

crimson glory vine

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Outstanding Qualities

The common name of this climber tells it all, for it is indeed glorious when clothed in its large crimson autumnal garb. Its leaves are very large, often to a foot across, and heart-shaped in outline. Its veins are impressed into the upper surface, and its leaves are brown-felty beneath. Plant it on a trellis, against a fence or into a strong tree - wherever drama is required.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 60 ft. 0 in. (18.29 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: colorful autumn foliage

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: red, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
This lovely 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. Provide ample room for this large vine to mature. No pruning is necessary, but it can be pruned in winter to control its growth. Hard pruning will result in robust growth and larger than typical foliage.