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Climate zone: 2-9, Mature height: 15-20 ft, Soil conditions: Moist, well-drained, Sunlight: Full sun, Ship as: Bareroot

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Wild Grape Vine - Vitis riparia

Wild Grape Vine, or Vitis riparia, is a climbing vine with no solid, upright trunk. This vine has small tendrils that wrap themselves around anything they can find. Wild Grape Vine grows clusters of tiny, white flowers which bloom in early summer. These flowers give way to small, hard green grapes that will ripen later in the summer months until the first frost. Wild Grape Vine leaves are heart-shaped and deep green by the bases, and the leaves extend out with long, pointed tips. Wild Grape Vines are versatile plants that have been known to grow along riverbanks, fences, and forests. They are a perennial vine, coming back year after year. Wild Grape Vines prefer rich, moist, well-drained soil and the vines need at least partial sun to thrive, but they will do better in full sun. They will need to be trained to grow on a trellis or climbing structure to reduce the risk of disease. These vines are very popular with gardeners and landscapers alike as they provide a gorgeous conversation piece, and possess the unique quality of being trained to climb structures. This creates a striking look. The Wild Grape Vine is a hardy plant that can survive many varied conditions. These vines attract lots of birds that enjoy eating the grapes and require very little maintenance once they are trained in the direction you want them to grow. A bonus is once the grapes themselves mature, they can be used for their juice, and they freeze well. These gorgeous plants are shipped to the consumer in their bare root form, so they arrive in top notch condition.

Fruit of the Gods grows on this lovely little vine which is available to enchant and decorate your own garden and yard. The Wild Grape Vine is a deciduous, perennial, woody vine with a great tendency to thrive and survive. The vine of the wild grape is sturdier than most other wild vine species. They grow well in sun and will use their apt forking tendrils to coil around trees, fences, or other surfaces to reach the sun if stuck in the shade. The Wild Grape Vine can grow upwards of 50 feet long or high. The tiny white clusters of flowers bloom in early summer before tiny green globular grapes begin growing. The grapes appear in upside down pyramid-shaped bunches of goodness. The heart-shaped and lobed leaves of the Wild Grape Vine are also edible and have a nice tangy citrus-like flavor. The serrated edged, smooth green leaves are commonly prepared in Mediterranean cuisine as dolma or stuffed grape leaves, and they can also be used cooked or raw in a savory salad or even a sweet one if desired.
The fruit of the Wild Grape Vine ripens in late summer but the grapes are also delicious and further flavored after the first frost. They can simply be eaten off of the vine, picked up from the ground upon falling, or fed luxuriously and leisurely to a loved one on a chaise lounge. Togas optional. The grapes may be added to fruit salad or other desserts, or even dried into raisins to start the perfect trail mix. The grapes can also be juiced and extra nutrition extracted from the seeds that way, as both the grapes and the seeds separately are gaining popularity as worthwhile health foods. Or the seeds can also be crushed and brewed to make a beverage akin to coffee or tea with even more health benefits sans the caffeine. It's also, of course, possible to go the other route and make homemade wine with the fruit of the Wild Grape Vine. Whatever is done with this hardy vine and its gems will be divine.