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Commonly known as Crimson climber
Genus of about 65 species of climbers, occasionally shrubs, found in woodland, woodland margins and thickets in northern temperate regions.
DeciduousLeaves are 3- to 5-lobed, 15-20cm (6-8in) across
HeightTo 15m (50ft)
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingWoody, tendril climber. Produces inconspicuous flowers, hidden by the leaves, followed by bunches of unpalatable grapes 1cm (½in) across
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Additional FeaturesGood to knowFlowers are very attractive to insectsPests & DiseasesPowdery mildew, honey fungusPlace of originGarden origin. UK 1988. Fromefield Nurseries
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Pruning groupPruning group 6Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.
RHS group 9 & 11Pruning group 8Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.
RHS group 12 & 13
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilNeutral to alkaline soilHumus-rich
Buy Varieties of VITIS
dark blue grapes from mid Sept-Oct
best black eating grape, mid Aug-Sept
hardy blue grape, mid Oct
yellow grape, late Sept-Oct
green eating grape, Sept-Oct
very vigorous climber with large ovate leaves and excellent autumn colour
large leaves, deep purple