Grape - Bluebell
The Bluebell Grape, 'Vitis 'Bluebell', has berries that are medium to large and blue-black in color with tender skin.They are extremely cold hardy and were developed by the University of Minnesota. They are extremely disease resistant, but should not be planted on soils with pH above 7.0 where it would be prone to iron chlorosis.
They can be used fresh, for jellies, jams, juices, and wine. They produce a light red juice or jelly. With excellent hardiness, this grape should be used in northern areas as a substitute for Concord. It ripens early to mid-September in Minnesota and is a good climber. It is excellent for wine making.
This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage. Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where they provide good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, showy fruit, some fall color and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter.
Grapes need a good support system like fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures. The grape vines can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home.
Grapes need full sunlight and high temperatures to ripen, so plant on southern slopes, the south side of windbreaks, or the south sides of buildings The flowers are attractive to bees. Birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share.
*Blue Black Color
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|