Vitis coignetiae, commonly known as the Crimson Glory Vine, is an ornamental grape vine. It can also add a brilliant crimson color to your fall landscape. Find facts and information on growing and caring for Vitis coignetiae.
Vitis Coignetiae Facts
The Crimson Glory Vine, Vitis Coignetiae, is a deciduous, ornamental grape vine, originating from Japan. It is also inedible and is grown only as an ornamental vine. The Crimson Glory vine is closely related to the Virginia creeper, also a member of the Vitis family, and is often used as ground covers or as a vine or climber along fences, trellises, or arbors. If you have an outdoor gazebo, this is great climber to grow on or around your gazebo roof. It will add color and will blend in naturally with the landscape.
Crimson glory grows in Zones 5- 9 and is a very low maintenance plant. It can sometimes reach a spread of 20-30 feet. This is a great climber and has the leaves and stems of a grape vine, but does NOT produce edible fruit. Many parts of the plant have been used for medicinal purposes throughout the ages.
Planting Crimson Glory Vines
Get your climber vine off to a good start by spacing Vitis coignetiae a good 15 to 20 feet apart. It grows in average soil that is well-drained. The vine will tolerate part shade but does better in locations that will allow for full sun. Because of the rapid growth of the crimson glory vine, you will need to prune it back in early spring or fall to help control its fast growth.
The vine has tendrils which can reach 60’ in only 3 or more years. It has heart-shaped, toothed, leaves that are dark green, but turn a crimson red in the fall. The stems are thick and have a ropy appearance. The Japanese Beetle is a pest that you might have to deal with this particular plant.
*Tip- The Crimson Glory vine should be planted where it has plenty of room to grow. It is not a good plant for small yards or enclosures as the leaves alone can reach 10" long. Their root system is extensive, but they are small in size and usually does not cause any big problems in the landscape.
Other Types of Grape Plants
Other types of grape vines are edible. There are three types of grapes used around the world, North American grapes, French Hybrids, and European grapes. Grapes are used in wine, jellies, as juice, and in the dried form, raisins. Grape leaves are also used in some Middle Eastern cultures as wraps that are stuffed with various ingredients.
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