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Swenson Red Grape

Vitis 'Swenson Red'

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Swenson Red Grape (Vitis 'Swenson Red') at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Swenson Red Grape fruit

Swenson Red Grape fruit

(Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

A top quality variety of grape, grown for its delicious red fruit in fall, excellent for eating fresh, makes a fantastic wine; a vigorous and trailing vine, use as a screen for arbors or winding along fences, requires regular pruning and full sun

Edible Qualities

Swenson Red Grape is a woody vine that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces clusters of red round fruit which are usually ready for picking from early to mid fall. The fruits have a sweet taste and a firm texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Juice-Making
  • Wine-Making

Features & Attributes

Swenson Red Grape has green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn yellow in fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It produces abundant clusters of red grapes from early to mid fall.

This is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and requires a special pruning regimen to reliably produce fruit; consult a specific reference guide or contact the store for proper pruning techniques. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Swenson Red Grape is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Swenson Red Grape will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it should be planted next to a fence, trellis or other rigid structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This woody vine is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Screening  Garden  Orchard 
Applications
Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features