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Ornamental Grape

In the Garden > Flowering Plants & Shrubs

Ornamental Grape

An ornamental grape is a great climber to go over a pergola or fence. It is the same species as the wine making grape but the ornamental variety aborts its fruit so that it doesn't make a mess.

Details

Common name: Ornamental grape.

Botanic name: Vitis vinifera. The genus name Vitis is the Latin word for grapevine.

Climate: Will grow in most of Australia except the tropical north and subtropical coastal northern NSW and Queensland.

Good points:

A quick growing, spreading deciduous climber which will reach about 7-10m (20-30'). New growth is green and slightly downy which matures to deep green in summer and gives beautiful autumn colour from orange, red through to purple. True grape-leaf shape to foliage. Ornamental fruit attracts birds.

Downside:

It drops its leaves in autumn. Can get fungal leaf diseases in humid coastal climates.

Uses:

Screening plant over a fence Climber over a pergola or arch providing shade in summer and sun in winter Works well as a backdrop

Likes:

Full sun and well-drained soil Occasional pruning if required in winter to remove twiggy growth.

Availability

Ornamental grapevines are available from nurseries throughout Australia within the best climate zone. A 17.5cm (7") pot costs around $10.90 and a 20cm (8") pot costs around $13.90.

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