Vitis 'Roger's Red'

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Vitis californica 'Roger's Red'
Vitis californica 'Roger's Red'
Vitis californica 'Roger's Red'

Species Name: Vitis californica 'Roger's Red'
Common Name: Roger's Red Wild Grape

Great for arbor or fence. Wonderful for wildlife. Likes water. Edible purple fruit ripens in late summer. Leaves turn bright red in fall. Caution: Fruit is toxic to dogs.

Plant Family: Vitaceae
Plant Type: Vine
Height by Width: To 40' long
Growth Habit: Climbing vine
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellowish
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northern and Central California
Natural Habitat: Canyons, springs, and streambanks below 4,000'

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Jerry Dangl at U.C. Davis has recently conducted DNA analysis of Vitis 'Roger's Red' and has determined that it is a first generation hybrid (F1) between the native V. californica and a wine grape (Vitis vinifera) cultivar known as 'Alicante Bouschet'. This grape, 'Alicante Bouchet', is unusual in that it has both red skin and red flesh - most red grapes and red wine gets its color from the skin only.
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.