Fredonia Grape


  • V. riparia X V. labrusca. Parents are Lucille and Champion.
  • Very large deep purple grape. All purpose. Tasty underripe too.
  • Cold hardy at least to zone 4
  • Contains seeds in fruit

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Very large deep purple grape. All purpose. Tasty underripe too.Fredonia (Early Concord) is an interspecific hybrid of Vitis labrusca and V.vinifera. Parents are 'Champion' and 'Lucille'. Bred in Fredonia N.Y. in 1915 by F.F. Gladwin from the N.Y.S. Agricultural Experiment Station. It was introduced to growers in 1927 . Fruit - Changes from a beautiful pink to a nearly black color when ripe. The berries have a thick skin which keeps most wasps from bothering them, and resists bunch rot. Medium to occasionally large clusters, being compact and cylindrical. Although listed as an early ripening grape, this really means early compared the the 'Concord' cultivar. Here at the farm it comes in late in September. The fruit, although ripening a bit unevenly the cluster, can be eaten while still pink for a tart and perfume-laden treat. Vine - About medium in the vigor of growth. Large rounded leaves. Cluster thinning is usually not needed. Seems to set fruit better near another cultivar. Cold hardy in zone 3. Wine - Produces a labrusca flavored in the rose' style. Management - Susceptible to just about all the vine diseases. We experience powdery mildew and Botrytis most years on the fruit and leaves. Good circulation can help greatly, but sulfur sprays are likely to be needed. This vine is not sensitive to sulfur applications, luckily.

Available Services:

Tree Pruning
Proper pruning ensures a healthier tree, improves fruit size and increases fruit yield. Fruit trees should be pruned during winter dormancy. We’ll prune individual trees or an entire orchard.

We offer services for those who would like assistance in planting and/or maintaining trees and help with everything from staking trees to trellising grapes and berries. We will show you the proper procedures for caring for your home orchard or do the maintenance for you.

Custom Grafting
In addition to grafting the fruit trees we sell, we also offer custom grafting services. We can graft a hard to find cultivar, a reproduction from your own tree, or we can graft onto an existing tree on your property. New trees can be sent right away or grown a year here.

We do site visits, help with soil and other tests, and planning. Included are written plans for the implementation and day to day operations of your future of existing plantings. Fees vary according to the extent of the operation. Contact us for further info.

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