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Vitis riparia Michx.
Riverbank grape, River-bank grape
Synonym(s): Vitis riparia var. praecox, Vitis riparia var. syrticola, Vitis vulpina ssp. riparia, Vitis vulpina var. praecox, Vitis vulpina var. syrticola
USDA Symbol: VIRI
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
This deciduous vine trails or climbs 35 ft. or more. Reddish-brown, exfoliating bark; small, loose spikes of yellow-green, fragrant flowers; and bluish-black berries are the plantís showy characteristics.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Size Notes:
Green Autumn Foliage:
yesFruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WY Canada: AB
, QC Native Distribution:
Que. to Man. & MT,
s. to GA, OK, TX
& NM Native Habitat:
Low, rich woods; stream banks; thickets; open hillsides
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist to dry, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Fast-growing and long-lived. Flood, disease and insect tolerant.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Relished by songbirds, gamebirds, waterfowl and mammals.
Fragrant Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff