Vitis heyneana subsp. ficifolia

Common Name: grape 
Type: Vine
Family: Vitaceae
Native Range: China
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer


Grow in humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Site this vine in a protected location and mulch roots in the St. Louis area where it may not be reliably winter hardy.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Vitis heyneana subsp. ficifolia is a small, woody, deciduous, twining vine of the grape family that is grown for ornamental purposes. Typically reaches 20’ in length. Features small, deeply lobed (3-5 lobes), toothed, green leaves which are woolly beneath. Foliage acquires rich red hues in autumn. Insignificant whitish flowers in late spring give way to clusters of dark purple grapes with glaucous bloom. Fruit is visually attractive but basically inedible.

Genus name is the Latin name for the old world vineyard grape (Vitis vinifera).


No serious insect or disease problems. Mildew can be troublesome in humid climates.


Trellis, arbor, fence. Grow through shrubs or into small trees.