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Wild Grapes (Grapeless)

There are over 100 species of wild grapes that are known under a number of names-- 'Frost Grape,' 'River Grape,' 'Spanish Grape' (the term 'wild grape' will be used, too, covering all species)... The varieties presented here have extremely healthy leaves. They are easy to care for and are particularly suited for decorative purposes; they create a 'grapevine-atmosphere' without much maintenance. They won't develop fruit (grapes), so problems with usual grapevines-- wasps, birds, mildew etc..-- are not an issue!

Vitis riparia, Vitis berlandieri (Frost Grape, River Grape, Spanish Grape)

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Fruitless wild grapes

Requirements / Price

They need a sunny (full sun) to (semi-)shaded location/position; they will develop more intense yellow autumn colours in the sun. Distance between plants: 2.5 - 5 metres. Available all year in pots, and in April / May as rootstock.

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Characteristics and Pruning

This is a climber with tendrils (no adhesive pads as with some other creepers), vigorous growth, yearly growth up to 2 - 4 metres; it may also cascade like a bridal train. Foliage from May to October. Has inconspicuous green-yellow flowers in early summer, insignificant or no fruit at all. Advantage: problems which can occur in ripening and ripe (wine-) grapes are avoided. Summer and winter prune as needed to restrain the vigorous growth habit and to prevent the plants from becoming scraggly. Best trained as cordons with spur pruning like for the wine grape.

Climbing Plant Support System

Compatible with rods, trellises, pergolas, and arbours. Wires or (wire) ropes are especially recommended to attach the old sturdy stems. Stem formation and training similar to illustrations for the normal grapevine. For suitable wire rope systems, see below. Choose one within the easy or medium range.

Appropriate wire rope systems?

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Wild grapevine on a wooden trellis, Giebichenstein Castle in Halle / Saxony-Anhalt
Facade greening with wild grapevine, garden pavilion at Goethe's former residence, Weimar / Thüringen
Wild grapevine brings a cheerful atmosphere on terraces or pub gardens!
Wild grape on a climbing wire rope between two drainpipes

Greening Facades with Wild Grapevines

View some examples of facades greened with wild, grapeless grapevines...

Vigorously growing wild vine on a wire rope system 3050 from FassadenGrün
Grapeless grapevine on a half-timbered house, wire trellis system analogous to our system 3020
Small wild grapevine greening a facade
A wonderful green welcome...
Two grapeless grapevines on a wire rope system analogous to system 9020 of FassadenGrün
Wild grapeless grapevine on wire ropes in an alley
Green wall in Sanssouci / Potsdam / Brandenburg
Lush vine climbing the gable of a house
A herd of grapevine lice ? Not with the vine pest-resistant variety from FassadenGrün!

Greening other Structures and Objects with Wild Grapevines

With wild grapevines, balconies, pergolas, and fences can be greened... They are also very suitable for creating privacy screens.

Three wild grapevines from FassadenGrün as privacy screen, only 1 year after planting!
Terrace in autumn, greened with Vitis riparia (hybrid)
Green pergola and wall, Vitis riparia
American wild grapevine
Vitis riparia on a trellis grid, Tiefurt castle near Weimar / Thüringen
Greening a pergola, Sanssouci / Potsdam / Brandenburg
Lush pergola greening in Sanssouci / Potsdam / Brandenburg
Pergola with wild grapevine leaves
Small pergola with very old wild, grapeless grapevine
Green arcade, wild grapevine without grapes
Fence greening with Vitis oderatissima
Vitis odoratissima on a fence
Free-standing support for climbing plant
With wild grapevines, even trees can be greened! (here a hawthorn)

Suitable Wire Rope Systems for Wild Grapevine

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