Grape Vitis spp.
Family: Vitaceae (Grape)
Branching: Alternate, but tendrils are often opposite of buds
There are several species of Wild Grape, and together they make up the
largest portion of tall woody vines. In Southern Ontario,
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia) is probably the most common. Most
look quite similar in size and form, though the leave shape and
branching of tendrils are usually used to differentiate species.
They are usually found in damp woods and sometimes grow quite
high, often enveloping the canopy of tall trees. The stems of
mature grapes stand out as their bark becomes very shreddy.
Winter twig of a wild Grape, showing the tendril opposite of a bud
Another view of a lateral bud
Older bark becomes shreddy
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