TREES & plants

Crimson glory vine

Crimson glory vine is an ornamental grape grown for its excellent fall color.  The fruit produced are not edible.  This plant may be difficult to find in nurseries.

Botanical name: 
Vitis coignetiae
All Common Names: 
Crimson glory vine
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Vine
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing, 
  • Screen, 
  • Shade tree, 
  • Specimen
Size Range: 
  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), 
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: 
  • Early fall, 
  • Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Inconspicuous
Shape or Form: 
  • Vining
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
More Information: 

Size and Method of Climbing

Crimson glory vine is vigorous and can grow up to 20 feet long.  It climbs by tendrils.  Vines with tendrils climb by twisting those tendrils around a support.  This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.

Plant Care

Grow in full sun for the best fall color.  This vine will also grow in partial shade.  Moist, well-drained soils.
Since the plant is a vigorous grower it can be pruned heavily each year.

Disease, pests, and problems

Powdery mildew and Japanese beetles can be a problem.

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to Japan and Korea.

Leaf description

The simple, alternate leaves are large, often up to 10 inches long and wide.  Leaves are three to five lobe and resemble grape leaves.
Fall color is excellent, various shades of red.  This is the main ornamental feature of the plant.

Flower description

Clusters of small, green flowers are not ornamentally important.

Fruit description

The fruit are small and purple-black in color, similar to wild grapes, but NOT edible.



Vitis coignetiae or Crimson glory vine