muscadine grape Vitaceae Vitis
rotundifolia Michx. symbol: VIRO3
Leaf: Alternate, simple, cordate to orbicular, coarsely serrated, may be 3 lobed, 4 to 6 inches long, green above, hairless greenish yellow below.
Flower: Small, greenish-white appearing in axillary panicles in late spring.
Fruit: Large, 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter, thick skinned berry, dark purple or bronze when ripe in late summer, occur in small loose, clusters.
Twig: Moderately stout, slightly angles, numerous lenticels, unbranched tendrils appear opposite the leaves, pith continuous through the nodes.
Bark: Smooth, dark greenish brown, later developing vertical grooves.
Form: High climbing vine with tendrils.
Looks like: summer grape
Additional Range Information: Vitis rotundifolia is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information