Plants of the UNF Campus

Vitis rotundiflolia - Muscadine, Fox grape
Family Vitaceae

Description:

About  sixty-five species of Vitis are native to Asia, Europe, and North America. All are large woody vines. Most commercial grapes are hybrids with the European species, Vitis vinifera. Muscadine grape is native to the southeastern United States and northern Mexico. These grapes have a tough skin and are often used for making jelly, juice, and wine. Several cultivars have been selected for various qualities. The scuppernong is a large fruited form of muscadine.

Location:

See this plant in natural areas around campus, especially along woodland edges.

Size:

Large woody vine (liana) capable of growing to the top of the forest canopy. .

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: moderately drought tolerant

Soil: adaptable to a wide pH range, well-drained

This native plant is not widely cultivated but can be managed on a trellis like other grapes. It grows easily and rapidly in northeastern Florida.