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    Frontenac Grape

    Vitis 'Frontenac'

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    Frontenac Grape (Vitis 'Frontenac') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Frontenac Grape fruit

    Frontenac Grape fruit

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Frontenac Grape (Vitis 'Frontenac') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Frontenac Grape fruit

    Frontenac Grape fruit

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  20 feet

    Spread:  24 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Description:

    A newer wine grape that's gaining popularity, produces an abundance of large aromatic reddish-purple fruit in fall, excellent for wine or juice; a vigorous vine, use as a screen for arbors or trailing along fences, requires regular pruning and full sun

    Edible Qualities

    Frontenac Grape is a woody vine that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces clusters of deep purple round fruit with navy blue overtones which are usually ready for picking from early to mid fall. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

    The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

    • Juice-Making
    • Wine-Making

    Features & Attributes

    Frontenac Grape has green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn yellow in fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It produces abundant clusters of deep purple grapes with navy blue overtones from early to mid fall.

    This is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and requires a special pruning regimen to reliably produce fruit; consult a specific reference guide or contact the store for proper pruning techniques. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Spreading

    Aside from its primary use as an edible, Frontenac Grape is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

    • Hedges/Screening
    • General Garden Use
    • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

    Planting & Growing

    Frontenac Grape will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it should be planted next to a fence, trellis or other rigid structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

    This woody vine is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Screening  Garden  Orchard 
    Applications
    Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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