I first saw Vitis coignetiae sometimes known as the Crimson Glory Grape Vine growing through mature trees during the autumn at Westernbirt arboretum back in the early '80's. The effect it had on me has remained all these years, the leaves of the Vitis coignetiae were ablaze in fiery colours throughout the canopy's of several trees high above my head.
Vitis coignetiae has large almost leathery jungly leaves and as you might have guessed is a vigorous climber with fabulous long-lasting autumn colours. I'd suggest using it to cover unsightly shed or fences maybe if you have space grow it through an existing tree. Don't be put off by the size it can reach if left to it's own devices, like all vines Vitis coignetiae can easily be pruned hard once a year and kept to to size you want.
- Origin: Japan & Korea
- Position: full sun
- Soil: all soils, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. avoid waterlogged areas, very dry soils may need extra watering
- Habit: twining deciduous ornimental climber, needs wires or trellis for support
- Foliage: deciduous three to five-lobed leaves green in spring turning to red in Autumn
- Habit: vigorous climbing
- Eventual Size: up to 15 metres, but can be pruned
- Hardiness: fully hardy in most places throughout the UK -15 to -10
- Common Names: crimson glory grape vine, crimson glory vine
Eventual size after 10 years