Botanical: Vitis 'Elvira'
General Characteristics: Reportedly discovered in Missouri in 1870, this old-line complex American labrusca/riparia/vinifera (reported seedling of a Taylor x Martha crossing) variety is now considered to produce moderate quality white wines with strong "native" flavor. Elvira ripens at approximately the same time as Concord, is resistant to Mildew and its general hardiness recommends it for difficult growing areas.
Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where ornamental interest is not a concern. However, grapes do in fact have good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, some fall color, showy fruit and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. When grown on fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures, grapes can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home.