VITIS 'Campbell Early'
Plant Common Name
A heritage grape dating to around 1890, this American hybrid produces large purple-black grapes that are considered a size and flavor improvement on the standard ‘Concord’. Hardy, heat-tolerant, deciduous, woody vines bears large clusters of juicy seeded grapes whose sweet flavor lacks a musky aftertaste. Ripening in late summer and early fall, some 3 weeks before those of 'Concord', the fruits are used for cooking, juices and jellies, or the table. They attain their fullest color about ten days before their sweetness reaches its peak. The attractive lobed rich-green leaves turn burnished shades of orange and gold in fall. Inconspicuous fragrant flowers precede the fruits in late spring.
This cultivar requires full sun for best fruiting and needs fertile well-drained soil. Tolerant of cold winters and hot humid summers, it succeeds in areas such as the Southeast and Midwest United States. This vine grows fast enough to cover an arch, arbor or walkway in one season. Plants must be spur pruned each year for optimal fruit production.
Use 'Campbell Early' as a shade source atop pergolas and arbors, as a wall covering, in the culinary garden, or for farm stands. Numerous pests and diseases can afflict grapes, from mildew, leaf spot and Pierce’s disease to scale insects and deer and rabbits.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 5
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 8
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Late Spring, Early Summer