Vitis californica x vinifera
A large deciduous climber known for its spectacular Autumn color, Roger Raiche discovered this individual near the Russian River standing apart from its neighbors because of its riotous red Fall color. In growth, the leaves are rounded and a dull gray green. Recently it was discovered that this selection (which is popular in countless native gardens) is actually a first generation hybrid between our native grape (Vitis californica) and a non-native wine grape (Vitis vinifera). So, though it is not a true, unadulterated native, it’s just as lovely and deserving of a place in the garden. The grapes it produces are seedy but edible & attract wildlife. They also can be used to make jelly! Grows to 30-40’ fairly quickly. Though Vitis californica is often found along the banks of streams, it can get by with very little water & long periods of drought once established.