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Wild Grapevine (Grapeless)

There are over 100 species of wild grapevines 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-ambience' without the high maintenance ~ at home, in spaces like garden cafës or restaurants. They won't develop fruit, so the unfavourable side-effects of grapes -- wasps, birds and their excrement, mildew, etc..-- are not an issue here!

Vitis riparia (rare hybrid originated around 1940 in Germany), Vitis berlandieri, Frost Grape, River Grape, Spanish Grape

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Fruitless wild grapevines
Fruitless wild grapevines

To Thrive...

These vines need a sunny (full sun) to (semi-) shaded spot; the more sun exposure, the more intense their yellow autumn colours. Distance between plants: 2.5 - 5 metres. Available all year as potted plants, 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. Only the hybrid variety we offer is resistant to phylloxera nad powdery mildew, unlike the other varieites of Vitis riparia and Vitis berlandierei. 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 as you would with a traditional grapevine.

Climbing Supports for the Facade

Climbs readily on rods, trellises, pergolas, and arbours. Wires or (wire) ropes are especially recommended when needing to secure older, thick trunks. Stem formation and training similar to illustrations for the normal grapevine. For suitable wire rope systems, see below. Choose an easy or, preferably (on walls especially), medium cable system.


Compatible 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 to terraces or pub gardens!
Wild grape on a climbing wire rope between two drainpipes

Greening facades with wild grapeless grapevines

View some examples here... 

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 FassadenGrün's system 9020
Wild grapeless grapevine on wire ropes in an alley
Green wall in Sanssouci / Potsdam / Brandenburg
Lush vine climbing towards the gable of a house
A herd of grapevine lice ? Not with the pest-resistant variety from FassadenGrün!

Greening other structures and objects with wild grapevines

With wild grapevines, balconies, pergolas, stair rails, and fences can be greened and create a similar aesthetic (sans grapes) as a fruiting grapevine... They are also very suitable for creating privacy screens.

Three wild grapevines from FassadenGrün as a privacy screen, only 1 year after planting!
Terrace in autumn, greened with Vitis riparia (hybrid)
Green pergola and wall, Vitis riparia
American wild grapeless 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
Small pergola with very old wild, grapeless grapevine
Green arcade, wild grapeless grapevine
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)

Wire Rope Systems for Wild Grapeless Grapevine

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