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Valiant Grape vs American Bittersweet

Vitis x Valiant

Celastrus scandens


(new stock expected: fall of 2021)


Valiant Grape
American Bittersweet

Reported to be one of the hardiest of all grape varieties. This variety will produce bluish red clusters of grapes that are great for jellies and juice. Grapes have long been used to cover arbors and trellises.

This is a self-pollinating variety so only one plant is required to set fruit. Many like this variety for fresh eating as it is similar to concord grapes.

Grapes are a higher maintenance species requiring regular care and pruning. Unchecked and uncared for grapes can spread, be eaten by birds, and have lesser yields.

Applying a thick layer of mulch can help these vines overwinter better.

American Bittersweet is a deciduous, woody, perennial vine with striking orange to yellow berries that persist into winter. Indigenous to North America, this vine has become so rare it is now considered a protected species.

Excellent for naturalization projects, American Bittersweet attracts birds and other wildlife. Please keep in mind that the plant is toxic to humans and should not be ingested. To ensure the attractive berries are produced, cross-pollination between a male and female plant must occur.



Zone: 2b
Zone: 3a
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: leaves turn yellow
Berries: bluish red clusters of grapes that ripen in early fall
Growth rate: very fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: high
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high

Toxicity: All parts of plant are toxic to humans

Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes