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June 21, 2008


I've checked these wild grapevines, right behind the house, every year but have never seen ripe grapes - the birds always get them first. This year they are LOADED with immature grapes.

The vines go way up in the trees, and wind through the branches, hanging down and forming an umbrella with the tree trunk as the handle.

Can you see the thickness of the main trunk of the vine? It is thicker than the largest part of my arm. It is as thick as the tree trunk that it is climbing on, and that's no little tree. (The tree trunk is on the left; the vine is on the right, going off on an angle to the right.)

We even have a bunch of volunteer vines this year growing up the backyard fence, no doubt from the birds that must sit on the fence to rest after feasting on the grapes that I didn't get to see or eat.

Does anyone have any idea what kind they might be? Are they edible?


  1. Anonymous2:44 PM

    The size of those grqapevines reminds me of the ones we used to swing on over a ravine when I was a kid. I shudder thinking about it now! If we'd falled we would have broken our necks for sure as it was a deep valley below us. But, the vines were strong & I never saw one break. I don't have any idea what your grapes are. We found out today our Shadblow berries are edible by humans. :) It's also called Serviceberry in some parts.

  2. When I was growing up in the eastern part of Oklahoma we used to call them Oppossum grapes and yes they are eatable also in that area we also had what was called muskidine grapes. we are moving back to the area next year


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