There are over 100 wild grapes that are known under a number of names such as Frost or River Grape and Spanish Grape (the term "wild grape" will be used, too, covering all species). The variety presented here has extremely healthy yet "genuine" vine leaves. They are easy to care for and are particularly suited for decorative purposes; they create a "wine-atmosphere" without much maintenance. They won't develop fruits / grapes, so problems with usual grape vines, such es wasps, birds, mildew etc. are avoided!
Vitis riparia, Vitis berlandieri (Frost Grape, River Grape, Spanish Grape)
Sunny (full sun) to (semi-)shaded position, will develop more intense yellow autumn colours in the sun. Distance between plants: 2,5 - 5 mètres. Available all year in pots, and in April / May as rootstock.
A climber with tendrils (no adhesive pads as with some other creepers), vigorous growth, yearly growth up to 2 - 4 metres, may also cascade like a bridal train. Foliage from May to October. 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 pruning as needed, to restrain the vigorous growth habit and to prevent the plants from becoming straggly. Best trained as cordons with spur pruning as for the wine grape.