From spring, when young leaves appear white and downy, to fall, when they become a striking, rich, dark purple, you will enjoy having Claret Vine as it puts on a spectacular foliage show. Grow this variety with green-leaved grapes or other vines to add beauty and contrast to your trellis or arbor. Claret bears abundant crops of tart grapes that make tasty juice.
Latin Name: Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’
Site and Soil: Grapes like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil. Grapes are drought resistant once they are established.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 10 ° F
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft. in width on fence, arbor or other support.
Leaf Color: White to dark purple
Taste: Tart, great for juice
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Claret Vine is not bothered by pests. It can be affected by powdery mildew in wet climates. Sulfur spray is an effective treatment for this disease.
USDA Zone: 6