Vitis riparia

Common name: Riverbank Grape

Native plant

Riverbank grape is one robust plant! I have seen it 5 inches in diameter and 70 to 100 feet tall. The fruit is edible with a sweet inside and sour skin, and it definitely has a sweet aroma when ripe. The fruit is very high on the list sought by wildlife. Lots of birds and critters come for the feast. Flowers are small and not visible. Fall color is yellow. Concord grape was selectively bred from this and other native grape species.

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Urban Suited, Wetlands, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Vining, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Green White

Fall color



Mature height
20 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
40 Feet
Max width
20 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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