General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20-40 feet or more
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects

Common names
  • Wild Grape
  • Riverbank Grape
  • Frost Grape
  • River-Bank Grape
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Vitis riparia
  • Synonym: Vitis vulpina var. praecox

Photo Gallery
Location: Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020-10-16
Fittingly, this vine of Vitis riparia was growing on the bank of
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date: 06/13/2008
photo by Dan Mullen via Flickr:
Location: Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020-10-16
This wild grape vine provided a nice yellow-green contrast to the
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Date: 08/21/2016
photo by Carol Jacobs-Carre via Flickr:

Date: c. 1908
photo from Hedrick's 'Grapes of New York', 1908

Date: October
credit: Rosenzweig

USDA photo

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