A fast growing vine that climbs or sprawls by way of long tendrils, greenish flowers in late spring produce clusters of large (3/8") dark purple grapes by fall, skin of grapes is tough but juicy flesh is sweet/sour and quite tasty, deeply rooted (tap root), older bark shreds to make the vines look shaggy, large lobed coarsely toothed leaves (4x6 inch), pollinated by native bees, gravel and sand tolerant, excellent & important wildlife food source for many species of game and songbirds as well as many mammals, provides great nesting sites. Host plant to several beautiful moth species including the Lettered Sphinx (Deidama inscripta) and the wonderfully named Bad Wing (Dyspteris abortivaria) A big, bold plant that needs plenty of room (or management).
20+ feet tall (supported)
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b
Native Range: NB west through s CN to c MT, south to LA & NC
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