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Sugar Grape, Sand Grape, Sand Beach Grape, July Grape, Currant Grape, Rock Grape, Bush Grape
Vitis rupestris


Sugar grape can be found growing on rocky limestone slopes and stream beds on the Edwards Plateau, north to Oklahoma and Missouri, and east to Tennessee and West Virginia. This seldom-climbing vine is generally low and bushy or trailing over rocks. From June through August it ripens sweet, pleasant fruit. V. rupestris displays great vigor and hardiness where there is permanent moisture a few feet below the surface. Its foliage is resistant to fungus and insects; anthracnose causes no serious damage. It hybridizes with many other grape species and hybrids, and because of its disease resistance is occasionally used as grafting stock in vineyards far removed from its native growing area.

Plant Habit or Use: vine

Exposure: sun
partial sun

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Fruit Characteristics: black berry

Height: 4 to 8 feet


Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

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Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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