Vitis coignetiae

It looks very like the closely related grape vine (Grape Vine is Vitis vinifera) but there is one really important difference. It's healthy. It's always healthy. It looks healthy and it is healthy. Grape vines have been interbred with one another for so long (in order to produce the perfect grape) that they (like most fruit trees) are the horticultural equivalent of the village idiot. They get every disease known to plant and have to be propped up with sprays, just to keep them alive. These don't.

Deciduous, large leafed, vigorous, amazing autumn colour and bunches of things that - from a distance - look a bit like bunches of grapes. Any soil, sun or shade. Despite its vigour, it's easy to control and it needs a minimum of wires and wood to cling on to as its tendrils are tremendously vigorous and effective. As with any climber, keep cutting it back with shears and it'll reward you by being denser. A nice effect.

Propagated by us from cuttings.

Features Hardiness rating

Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

Climbers, Coastal, Grown by Us, Mediterranean, Screening Plants, Shade, Soil - Clay, Soil - Dry/Well drained, Space & Light Green

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