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Vitis 'Brant' (O/B) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub or Fruit (edible)

Habit

Climbing

Toxicity

Contact may irritate the skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Purple and Dark Red in Autumn

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

grape 'Brant'

Family

Vitaceae


Vitis are vigorous deciduous climbing shrubs with tendrils and attractively lobed leaves, insignificant green flowers followed by often edible fruits; some have excellent autumn foliage colour

'Brant' is a large deciduous, self-clinging climber with deeply 3- or 5-lobed leaves, in autumn turning deep red and purple with green veins. Insignificant flowers followed by small, edible black grapes

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Vigorous decorative vine with edible fruits, ideal for sun or partial shade in a well-drained soil, especially in a neutral or alkaline soil

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by layering or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in midwinter and in midsummer, pruning group 12 for formal training

Pests

May suffer from glasshouse red spider mite and brown scale; mealybugs are a problem under glass

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildews