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Climber Wall Shrub

Vitis coignetiae
  • RHS AGM

crimson glory vine

Vigorous, deciduous climber about 15m tall, with large, slightly 3-5 lobed, broadly heart-shaped, dark green leaves to 30cm in length, brown felted beneath, turning scarlet and crimson in autumn. Insignificant tiny greenish summer flowers are followed by bunches of small blue-black berries 1cm across

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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Green
Autumn Red Black
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Vitaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
Contact may irritate the skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Vitis are vigorous deciduous climbing shrubs with tendrils and attractively lobed leaves, insignificant green flowers followed by often edible fruits; some have excellent autumn foliage colour

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Japan & Korea

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in full sun or part shade, in well-drained, humus-rich soil, preferably neutral to slightly alkaline, mulch to keep soil moist

Propagation

Propagate by layering in autumn or hardwood cuttings in late winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 11 in midwinter, and in midsummer, if restricted growth is required

Pests

May be susceptible to grapevine blister mite, glasshouse red spider mite, brown scale, woolly vine scale and spotted wing drosophila (fruit fly)

Diseases

May be susceptible to Powdery mildews, grey moulds, honey fungus and virus diseases

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