Vitis rotundiflolia - Muscadine, Fox grape
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.
See this plant in natural areas around campus, especially along woodland edges.
Large woody vine (liana) capable of growing to the top of the forest canopy. .
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.