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August Giant








(Labrusca, Vinifera)

August Giant is a hybrid between Labrusca and Vinifera in which the
fruit characters are those of the latter species. In appearance and
taste of berry, the variety resembles Black Hamburg. The vine is
usually vigorous and, considering its parentage, is very hardy. The
foliage is thick and luxuriant but subject to mildew. Vigor of vine,
beauty of foliage and the quality of the fruit make the variety
desirable for the amateur. It needs a long-maturing season. August
Giant was grown by N. B. White, Norwood, Massachusetts, in 1861, from
seed of an early, large-berried, red Labrusca pollinated by Black
Hamburg.

Vine very vigorous, hardy, subject to mildew. Canes long,
numerous, thick, dark brown; nodes enlarged, flattened; internodes
short; tendrils continuous, long, bifid or trifid. Leaves large,
thick; upper surface dark green, glossy, smooth; lower surface
pale green or bronzed, pubescent; lobes three, terminal one acute;
petiolar sinus deep, narrow, frequently closed and overlapping;
lateral sinus shallow or a notch; teeth shallow, narrow. Flowers
open in mid-season, self-sterile; stamens reflexed.

Fruit mid-season, keeps well. Clusters of average size, short,
broad, irregularly tapering, single-shouldered, loose; pedicel
long, thick with large warts; brush short, thick, green or with
brown tinge. Berries large, oval, purplish-red or black, dull with
thick bloom, firm; skin tough, adherent, astringent; flesh green,
translucent, tough, stringy; good. Seeds adherent, one to four,
large, blunt, light brown.





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