Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vitis Californica--Roger's Red Grape

The Roger's Red Grapevine is starting to show fall colors. Beautiful, isn't it? It was once thought to be a variety of the native, Vitis Californica, but I remember hearing more recently that it is a hybrid between the native and European grapes. If you want a (sort of) California native with fall color, this is an excellent choice. Poison oak also works well, except for the itch. Another possibility is Rhus trilobata. But Roger's Red is big and beautiful and easy to grow; highly recommended.

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