• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast-growing vine grows 20 to 25 ft. each year.
    Key Feature:
    Excellent Dessert Grape
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:Vee-tiss vih-NIFF-er-ah
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:5 - 11, 14 - 22, 24
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast-growing vine grows 20 to 25 ft. each year.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.
    Flower color:Green
    Design IdeasOn a trellis or arbor, add this grapevine to the hot, sunny garden and enjoy the early-season harvest, as well as the attractive foliage and winter silhouette of trunk and branch. Also works well as a fruit-bearing fence to enclose a kitchen garden.
    Companion PlantsBlackberry (Rubus); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Fig (Ficus); Lavender (Lavandula); Rose (Rosa)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in deep, loamy, humus-rich, well-drained soil, but quite adaptable. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with an organic fertilizer from spring to midsummer. Provide trellis or arbor support. Prune annually to control size.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This genus, named by Linnaeus from the Latin for life, vitae, because of its connection to wine, the most important beverage of the ancient world. It's generally accepted that the grape originated in Asia Minor, probably around Turkey from a wild plant that produced much smaller fruit. Over time vines were selected for larger fruit suited to both wine making and table grapes. It was not until 1900 in California that the first seedless table grape was developed by W. Thompson. Since then, Flame has proved to be second in popularity to Thompson seedless.
    Lore:
    The grape was a primarily agricultural crop of the Romans who refined the art of wine making by collecting cultivars from its Empire to develop improved vineyard varieties.