CATAWBA GRAPE - VITIS LABRUSCA 'CATAWBA'

Catawba grape bark

Common Name: Catawba grape

Scientific Name: 
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Vitis
Species: labrusca 'Catawba'

Hardiness Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 5-7 ft
Width: 8-10 ft

Description: Catawba grapes are a bunch grape native to North America. The bark on this vine has a shredding appearance. The leaves can grow to be one foot wide, with three lobes and toothed margins. Flowers bloom around May with fruits ripening from late September to October. The grapes are dark purple with a strongly sweet flavor. It is typically used for the table, wines, juice, jelly and jam. 

Catawba grape prefers acidic (pH 5.0-6.5), deep, well-drained sandy soils. It cannot tolerate wet or alkaline soils. Plant in full sun for best results. Vines should be planted 6-8 feet apart and supported by a strong trellis or fence. Prune off 70-90% of the wood in the spring, leaving around 12 flower buds per branch on your vine. Maintain the grape vines throughout the growing season: remove vines that have no fruit; cut back leaves or vines to allow sun exposure for the fruit to ripen; attach arms to your trellis or fence.