Vitis labrusca Isabella, also known as the Fragolino is a cross between the Vitis labrusca Concord (the coldest tolerant grapevine) and the Vitis vinifera.
It is the fast growing, famous strawberry tasting grape which when ripened, the skin is a dark purple and has yellow-green flesh. The vine originates from Eastern North-America.
During the summer from May-June it produces lovely pink new shoots and small yellow flowers that are sweetly scented.
When the climber is placed in a hot position against a South facing wall and receives the appropriate growing conditions, large bunches of blue-black grapes are produced. They can be as thick as 2cm, seedless and have a musky aroma but taste sweet, used to make wine.
It is a fully hardy plant that is resistant to temperatures as low as -20c.
|Flower||Tiny, yellow in small hanging panicles|
|Fruit||Berries in a bunch, blue, seedless, sweet|
|Position||Full sun (best to have some heat reflecting off the wall)|
|Soil type||Not fussy to soil but prefers some organic matter too (pH of 6 or more)|
|Hardiness||-15C - -20C|
|Rate of growth||COMING SOON|
|Height and spread||Fast growing, up to 1.5m a year (best to train it to a trellis, pergola or wire)|
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