Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’

This stunning ornamental Grape is rarely offered in Australia and I find it hard to understand why. It is far less rampant that the classical one and its leaves start to turn burgundy as soon as they get to full size so that right throughout late spring summer and autumn you get burgungy foliage which just gets more intense as the seasons wear on.

It also gets clusters of black grapes which are bitter but the birds love them and I would think would make good jelly and sauces.

It is ideal in a sunny well drained site and is gentle enough to allow it access to a small tree ( perhaps something silver leafed) or to grow over a rose arch (a job that it is better for than many roses if I dare to say so! I have plants in 7″ pots at $29.50.Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'

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