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Arizona Grape

Vitis arizonica

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Vine
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies, bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
10-20' × 10-20'
Flowering Season April-July
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -10 °F
Leaf Description Heart shaped or three lobed with serrated edges
Fruit Small grapes
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Elevation Range 2000-7500 ft.
Description This native grape vine is a relative of those species utilized for wine and table grape consumption. The plants are dioecious (pollen and fruit bearing flowers on separate plants) and the grapes can range in flavor from insipid to quite tasty. Quality edible cultivars could likely be found by sampling grapes from various vines and propagating plants with good flavor. Look for this species in the mountainous portions of the state, growing in canyons and oak woodlands. Due to its riparian nature, this plant will enjoy generous waterings during the hot months. Around the time of the monsoon these plants are vulnerable to infestation by grape leaf skelotonizers (Harrisina spp.) but catching these caterpillars early and manually removing, treating with organic sprays, or just leaving the skeletonizers to do their work are all viable strategies.