Summer Grape, Pigeon Grape

Vitis aestivalis

Family: Vitaceae (vee-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vitis (VEE-tiss) (Info)
Species: aestivalis (ee-STIV-ah-liss) (Info)


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Fulton, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Eufaula, Oklahoma

Roanoke, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 18, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

This grape grows wild here in Missouri, and throughout the eastern United States from Florida to Wisconsin. The zones listed above are not really correct, I am sure it is hardy to zone 5 and maybe 4. It blooms and fruits earlier than the very similar winter grape (V.cinerea) which is also native here. The fruit on the winter grapes is not usable until after a frost in late autumn. One way to distinguish the plants is to look for lobed leaves...the summer grape will have some, and the winter grape will not.
I am giving the plant a neutral rating because it has both good and bad characteristics. The fruit is delicious and makes excellent jelly and wine. However, it is hard to collect, often being 15 to 30 feet up. Good news for the wildlife, if I can't reach it. I used to put ... read more