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The wild grape vine is truly a vining plant; this means it has no solid, upright trunk. This climbing, multi-stemmed vine can grow so well it can totally envelop bushes and trees. Although the wild grape vine is also known as the riverbank grape, it grows well in locations other than riverbanks. There are dozens of species of wild grapes found growing throughout the world. All are perennial, woody vines that are deciduous. Grape vines grow thicker and higher than most other native vines.

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Distinguishing Features: The wild grape vine climbs very well due to forking tendrils. (These are narrow branches that grasp by coiling themselves around anything they can.) Grape tendrils most often are found growing from a stalk opposite from a leaf. Most grape vines produce deeply lobed leaves similar to the cultivated grape. Wild grapes grow in pyramidal, hanging bunches and are blackish, dark blue or purple.

Flowers: Tiny white flowers in elongated clusters grow up to 10 cm in length. They bloom in early summer, after which tiny clusters of hard, green grapes develop. In late summer these grapes ripen. Wild grape vine flowers are hermaphrodite and are insect pollinated.

Leaves: Leaves are green, alternating, cordate (heart-shaped at base) and lobed. They have long pointed tips, are coarsely toothed along the margin and the leaf surface is smooth.

Height: Grape vines can reach heights of 17 metres.

Habitat: Wild grape vines grow in many locations such as along roadsides, fence rows, forest edges and along river banks. They are also sometimes found in hardwood forests, growing up along with the trees after logging, fire, or a windfall as they cannot reproduce in the shade.

That's Rose of Sharon, not morning glory

2008-06-30 10:18:19 by diverseworld

I love them and miss seeing the one in front of my grandparents' house. The morning glory vine that's domestic and purple doesn't tend to spread and take over like its wild cousin with white flowers. That would take over entire cities if allowed to!
If you saved any seeds, you can send me a few. I'd love to have a shrub or two!
When you prune, it should be no more than 1/3 of a plant at a time. If you took much more than that, it may not come back, particularly if you lopped it off when it was very hot. - But maybe that's the goal.

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