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Crimson glory vine (Vitis coignettiae), so called because of the rich reds and purples of the foliage in autumn, mid October. "A bold and vigorous vine able to scramble up the tallest trees. The young foliage and twining tendrils are fawn in colour, ageing dark green and becoming coarse textured and leathery. Covered in a deep rusty down on the underside, the leaves are shallowly lobed and more or less round, impressively spanning over 30cm in diameter. In the autumn the best clones turn deep beetroot purple with flushes of crimson ... Origins: Japan. First introduced plants were seedlings by Madame Coignet." [Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter, Nurseryman's Favourites, Gardens Illustrated magazine, November 2013]