Frost Grape

Vitis riparia

Also called Riverbank Grape

  • Drooping panicles of small five-petaled yellowish-green flowers
  • Blooms have a sweet musky fragrance
  • Small green berries age to deep purple
  • Grapes are edible but very sour
  • Large green three-lobed serrated leaves are 10 cm by 15 cm
  • Main stems have a shaggy reddish-brown bark
  • Will climb up trees and fences by tendrils
  • Bloom Time: June
  • Flower Size: 12 cm
  • Ripens: Summer



10-15 m

8-10 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Vitis riparia grows in a moist to average soil, in full sun to partial shade. It grows from one central taproot and is often seen growing up hydro poles and on fences in dry ditches. 

Additional Notes about Frost Grape:

Native to Ontario