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Vitis mustangensis

Mustang grape

Vitaceae (Grape Family)

Vitis mustangensis (Mustang grape)
Marcus, Joseph A.
A common and easily recognized grape with a white, velvety surface on the lower side of the leaves. A vine climbing over shrubs and into trees and often shading their leaves. Leaves in two forms: one form unlobed or shallowly lobed, and the other form deeply lobed, with the latter less common and on rapidly growing shoots. The lower surface of the unlobed leaves often concave. Grapes up to 3/4 inch in diameter, few to the bunch, ripening in August and September to dark purple, and usually bitter, even irritating, but popular with makers of homemade wine.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Size Class: 36-72 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , LA , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Woodlands edge, Opening, Thickets, Stream, river bank, Fence rows

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Clay, Clay Loam, Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Sandy


Use Ornamental: Twines on fences & other plants, Fruits ornamental
Use Wildlife: Fruit-birds, Fruit-small mammals
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2009-04-24