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Riverbank Grape

( Vitis riparia )

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Riverbank Grape
Manitoba Grape
Vitaceae
Vitis
Vitis riparia
Michaux
MB, ON, QC, NB
SK, NS
Vitis riparia var. praecox
Vitis riparia var. syrticola
Vitis vulpina var. praecox
Vitis vulpina ssp. riparia
Vitis vulpina var. syrticola
Characteristics

Vine

Deciduous

2

Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Clay, Sand, Loam

Dry, Normal, Moist

No

No

No

Yes
Habitat Considerations

Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime, Mixedwood Plains

Forest, Woodland, Forest Edge, Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field, Riparian, Lakeshores

Hedgerow/Thicket/Windbreak/Screening, Woodland
Design Considerations

0 cm

1000 cm

May - Jul

Yellow|White/Cream|Green/Brown

No

Yes

Black|Purple


Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Squirrels, Birds, Other Showy Insects

No
Conservation Status

No


Interesting Tidbits

This vine has reddish-brown exfoliating bark. It is fast growing plant and long lived. This plant is relished by songbirds, waterfowl, gamebirds and mammals. (Wildflower Center, LBJ) Edible fruit - raw or dried for later use. Juicy and somewhat acid. (Facciola. S.) The taste is best after a frost. (Turner. N. J. and Szczawinski. A.) The fruit is about 6 - 12mm in diameter (Huxley. A.) and is carried in fairly large bunches. (Ken Fern) A yellow dye is obtained from the fresh or dried leaves. (Grae. I.) The flowers are powerfully scented of mignonette. (Genders. R.) The fruit, leaves and sap are edible. The fruit can be eaten raw, or dried for later (raisins). It is juicy, somewhat acidic, and carried in large bunches. Like other grapes it tastes best after a frost. The young leaves can be wrapped around other food and baked, giving off a pleasant flavour. Young tendrils can be eaten cooked or raw. The sap, uncooked, can be harvested in the spring to make a sweet drink. (Plants For A Future) Although not native there, this vine is now growing in NS and PEI. (Nature Serve)


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