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Vitis californica ‘Roger’s Red’ (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)
Vitis californica ‘Roger’s Red’ (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)

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Vitis californica

California Wild Grape
Deciduous, Vines, Decorative fruit or berries

From California and Oregon. Grows to 30 ft., with 2–4-in. leaves that emerge grayish and mature to green; leaves turn red or yellow in autumn. ‘Roger’s Red’ holds its gray-green leaf color all summer, turns brilliant red in fall. ‘Walker Ridge’, to 6–10 ft., has brilliant red and orange fall color. V. girdiana is a nearly identical species native to Southern California. Plants grow naturally along rivers and streams but are well adapted to periods of drought. A variety of wild animals use this plant for food and cover; bees favor the flowers.

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