5 Attractive Fruiting Vines to Grow on a Pergola 

5 Attractive Fruiting Vines to Grow on a Pergola 

Perennial Fruiting Vines to Grow on Your Pergola 

Texas is not only a great state to live in for its beauty; it is one of the most tax-friendly states in the US. Did you also know that Texas means “Friends” in Caddo Indian?

Now that we have provided you with some trivia about Texas let’s get to the punchline and how you can make your pergola attractive, just like the state you live in, Texas. 

Have you recently installed a pergola on your property, or are you looking to do so shortly? First, before we start adding perennial fruiting vines to your pergola, let us tell you where you can get a beautiful pergola custom designed and built. You are right here at Pristine Backyard Oasis. If you are interested in learning more about our pergola design and builds, stop and click here or simply scroll back up after viewing a few different ways to enhance your backyard pergola with perennial fruiting vines.

Now Let’s Start Adding the Vines

If you’re planning a pergola in your landscape and trying to decide on a vine to grow up and around it, don’t feel limited to common landscape plants such as wisterias. Sometimes, a prolific flowering plant like a rose or wisteria may be just what you’re looking for. But if you’d like something more productive on this particular pergola, consider a fruiting vine.

Some woody fruiting vines can provide an attractive and productive plant that will look beautiful, provide shade, and ideally produce fruit within a few years. Here are a few fruiting vines you can train up the pergola’s sides.


Grapes are a classic for pergolas. They form a woody vine with attractive gnarled bark. In addition to their large, distinctively shaped leaves that offer plenty of shade, they can also produce grapes. Depending on how old the grapevines are and how well they thrive after planting, you’ll likely only have to wait around three years before picking grapes from your vines.

Be sure to do your homework on different grape varieties, though. If you want grapes, you can eat fresh; a wine grape won’t offer the experience you’re looking for.


Kiwi vines, like grapes, can grow to cover a pergola quickly. Since a kiwi can grow up to 30-foot vines, these can cover a sizable pergola structure and produce delicious fruit.

One important consideration if you want fruit is pollination. Each kiwi plant produces only male or only female flowers, so you’ll have to get at least one male plant and one female plant for viable fruiting.


Although many blackberry varieties sold today are bred to produce shorter canes, some can still have longer vines. If you choose a trailing type, for example, it could grow vines up to 20-30 feet. In addition, blackberries are likely to fruit two years after planting, which is a year earlier than kiwis and grapes are likely to produce.

Be careful not to choose an erect or semi-erect blackberry variety for a pergola. These varieties are often designed to be kept just a few feet tall for easy management and harvest. In addition, when selecting a trailing blackberry, be sure to check whether it is a thorny or thornless variety. Thornless vines can be easier and less painful to manage and harvest.

Loganberries and Boysenberries

Some similar berry types can also trail and produce long vines. For instance, loganberries and boysenberries (both closely related to blackberries) may also work well on a trellis. Each has similar berries with a slightly different flavor.

These are some of the best perennial vines you can grow up your pergola for fruit production year after year, with no yearly replanting needed.

Now, Back to Needing a Pergola?

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