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VITIS 'Campbell Early'

Image of Vitis 'Campbell Early'

Family

Vitaceae

Botanical Name

VITIS 'Campbell Early'

Plant Common Name

Purple Grape

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Gold, Bronze, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No