Vitis davidii

David Armand’s grape
VITACEAE, The Grape family

This unusual looking grape has huge, rough leaves and dull-tipped translucent reddish spines on the vines. It grows to 25 feet long. In full sun the leaves turn a rich red-burgundy in autumn, in partial shade the fall color will be less dramatic but the leaves will grow enormously. Dan Hinkley of Heronswood nursery journaled about David Armand’s grape in July 2005. Unlike most grapes, this Chinese native doesn’t root easily from cuttings, perhaps explaining why it’s not more readily available.

This lovely thing is one of the few plants at the second nursery I’m working for has that my main location doesn’t. As the season wears on ordering is slowing and the stock is getting lower, making it more difficult to put together a fab garden from plants on hand. Or to look at another way, just another challenge to be creative.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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4 Responses to Vitis davidii

  1. David says:

    Where can you find a seed source for V. Davidii?
    I’d like to grow a few in the NW and cannot find it anywhere, and have also read it is tough to root from a Cutting.
    Please, if anyone knows, let me know.
    Coignetiae is much easier to find, but quite a gigantic plant.

  2. Mulysa says:

    I’m not sure where to get the seed – I suppose you’ve already done a thorough online search – but there are a few nurseries and garden centers that carry the plant. The one in the photo is at Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center in Portland.

    If you know someone who has a plant that will give you cuttings – give it a shot. With enough repetitions – maybe start with 10 cuttings if you can get that many – and a pretty ok propagation set up, you’ll likely have some success: Harvest 12″ cuttings in late winter from the current season’s growth, with closely spaced nodes, treat with auxin (rooting hormone), stick in a coarse medium with one or two nodes showing, use bottom heat, keep the humidity high and wait till spring.

    You can also try layering to propagate Vitis spp. that are more difficult to root.

    My favorite seed sources for ornamentals are Special Plants Nursery, Annie’s Annuals and Seed Savers Exchange.

  3. David Johnson says:

    Where can I get seeds for this plant, since it is so hard from a cutting?

  4. Patricia C, Portland, OR says:

    Vitis Davidii is available from Gossler Farms Nursery in Springfield, Oregon.

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