summer grape Vitaceae Vitis aestivalis Michx. Listen to the Latin symbol: VIAE Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, cordate, 4 to 6 inches long, toothed and often lobed, green above, red woolly hairs beneath.
Flower: Green, generally not showy, borne on panicles, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: An edible berry, 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter, occurring in clusters, usually dark blue or purple at maturity, often with a glaucous bloom, maturing in early fall.
Twig: Stems are mostly rounded, with rounded buds that have two bud scales; terminal bud is false; branching tendrils grow opposite the leaves, do not have adhesive tips and are generally absent every third node, woody partitions across pith at nodes.
Bark: Reddish brown, long splits develop with coarse peeling, narrow strips.
Form: A vine that climbs to 70 feet with its curly tendrils; it can smother tree canopies.

Looks like: muscadine grape - Japanese honeysuckle
leaf flower fruit twig bark form map
Additional Range Information:
Vitis aestivalis is native to North America. It is not widely planted. See states reporting summer grape.
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External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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