The Crimson Glory vine has leaves that resemble those of a grapevine and is often used for high greening because of its luxuriant growth and splendid autumn colouring. It is also suitable for pergola greening, foliage-covered walkways, fences, etc.., especially as it is less susceptible to mildew there (where the leaves are well aired). For facades that will be generally seen from a close distance, a creeper (thicket creeper, Virginia creeper) may be more suitable, because of its healthier leaves. If you prefer a simpler maintenance-program without the side effects that 'fruit' brings, then the grapeless wild grapevine is a better alternative (the presence of berries- grapes- usually attracts birds or wasps, etc..).
Crimson Glory Vine. Latin: Vitis Coignetiae
Tendril climber originally from Japan, Korea, and Sakhalin (Russia), introduced in Europe in the 1900s. Strong growth with an annual shoot growth of 2 - 5 metres and hanging/cascading growth, with a height up to 15 m and more. Large leaves, foliage from May to October. Magnificent and long-lasting purple-red autumn colouring. Inconspicuous flowers, inedible fruits. Summer and winter pruning only as needed to slow down growth and prevent scrub. The Crimson Glory Vine is sometimes susceptible to powdery mildew, mainly on walls and facades where it is insufficiently aired.
Recommended: large-meshed trellises made of wire rope to bind the trunks and larger shoots to the facade. The trunk and branches should be trained the same way a grapevine would be trained. Choose a trellis in the easy range for pergolas, and in the medium or heavy / massive range for facades and walls.