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Vitis riparia Michx.
Riverbank grape, River-bank grape
USDA Symbol: VIRI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AR , CO , CT , DC , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV , 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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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
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Record Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff