Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Summer Grape

Summer Grape

Vitis aestivalis

Full to part sun; medium moisture level; prefers fertile loam soil but suitable for light sandy, medium loam and heavy clay soils; pH tolerant but prefers alkaline.

Up to 30 feet height; blooms late spring to early summer; greenish yellow flowers; dark purple or black berries.

Growth Rate:  Fast

Maintenance:  Any pruning best done in winter when plants are dormant; otherwise they bleed profusely (however it is not fatal).  Subject to black rot fungus and beetle damage.

Propagation:  Seed germination is very poor.  Best propagated by layering or by digging and relocating vegetative sprouts.

Native Region:  Statewide

Native vine that climbs by tendrils.  Occurs in open forests, woodlands, woodland borders and thickets.  Climbs nearly all hardwood and conifer trees that grow in its native range.  Can damage and sometimes kill trees that it climbs.  Requires plenty of warm sun for fruit to ripen. Grapes (technically berries) have best taste after a frost.  ‘Norton’ is a cultivar that gets 15-20 feet high and is believed to be the oldest American grape cultivar in commercial production.  Fruit attracts birds and mammals; highly preferred by wild turkey.

vine;sun;medium;clay
vine;sun;medium;loam
vine;sun;medium;sand
vine;sun/shade;medium;clay
vine;sun/shade;medium;loam
vine;sun/shade;medium;sand

Advertisements

Leave a comment below. (Comments will remain hidden until approved by site administrators.)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: