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PlantFiles: 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)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Vines and Climbers

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Unknown - Tell us

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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Toxicodendron 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 a leaf in my pickles as a substitute for alum...but I can't say it really kept them crisp. The vines can be made into wreaths, of course. On the down side, the vines can become rampant and overtake the forest, and are very difficult to eradicate. They make a LOT of shade and can kill trees that way. They would be great trained on an arbor and kept watered. They are not dependable crop producers most years due to droughts, but this year we had a good amount of moisture and they set a heavy crop.


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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