Common Name: Ornamental vine
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy
Time to plant seeds: September to May
Time to take cuttings: January to April
Flowering period: June to July
A dual-purpose vine, this variety has both decorative foliage and edible grapes. The small fresh-green leaves are freely produced on vigorous stems during the summer, when small clusters of green grapes can be seen developing. The fruit ripens to black in autumn and, birds permitting, remains on the plant well into autumn to coincide with the arrival of rich red and orange foliage tints. The grapes are small and sweet, but full of pips although they can be eaten as a curiosity, they look best left on the vines. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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