• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous growing stems reach 15 to 25 ft. long each year.
    Key Feature:
    Flavorful Wine Grape
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous spring flowers, followed by summer fruit.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:VI-tis
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 11, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Vigorous growing stems reach 15 to 25 ft. long each year.
    Special features:Bird Friendly, Edible, Fall Color
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous spring flowers, followed by summer fruit.
    Flower color:Green
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic
    Companion PlantsFig (Ficus); Blackberry (Rubus); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Rose (Rosa)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Best in deep, loamy, well-drained soils but quite adaptable. Shelter from harsh winds. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Reduce frequency once established; supplement in extreme heat. Feed with general purpose fertilizer. Support with arbor or trellis.Pruning time: winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Zinfandel is a heat loving wine grape that has thrived in California for over a century. It is popular for its intense fruitiness and lush texture, tasting of bramble and fresh or fermented red berries. If weather conditions permit, the grapes may be late harvested to make dessert wine.