Vitis aestivalis
(Summer Grape)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Summer Grape, Bunch Grape, Pigeon Grape, Silverleaf Grape, Blueleaf Grape
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 9
    Type: Vine
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Vitis aestivalis, or Summer Grape, is one of the most common wild grapes, growing in all of the eastern half of the United States. It is a perennial vine, that grows in many areas, but is often found in open woods, along woodland edges, as well as in thickets, along fences and other like structures, in yards and waste areas, as well as on dunes or sandy hills. The plant blooms in late spring to early summer with non-showy green-yellow flowers. By late summer, clusters of blue-purple grapes are present on the plant.

This species is most easily identified by the underside of its leaves. The undersides of the leaf are whitish. In addition, the plant on the whole seems to have far less lobes than its cousin, Vitis riparia, though it can also have deeply lobed leaves. More info and pictures will be posted later about differentiating from other grapes.

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