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(Labrusca, Vinifera)

Bloom, Bloomburg, Catawissa, Columbia Bloom

Creveling was long a favorite black grape for the garden, where, if
planted in good soil, it produces fine clusters of large, handsome,
very good grapes. Under any but the best of care, however, the vine is
unproductive and sets loose, straggling bunches. The variety is
markedly self-sterile. The origin of Creveling is uncertain. It was
introduced about 1857 by F. F. Merceron, Catawissa, Pennsylvania.

Vine vigorous, not hardy, often unproductive. Canes long,
numerous, thick, reddish-brown; nodes enlarged, flattened;
internodes long; shoots glabrous; tendrils continuous, long,
trifid or bifid. Leaves large, thick; upper surface dark green,
dull, rugose; lower surface pale green, pubescent; lobes three, or
obscurely five, terminal one acute; petiolar sinus deep, closed,
overlapping; basal sinus very shallow; lateral sinus shallow,
narrow; teeth shallow. Flowers on plan of six, self-sterile, open
in mid-season; stamens reflexed.

Fruit early, does not keep well. Clusters long, broad, irregularly
tapering, single-shouldered, the shoulder often connected to the
cluster by a long stem, loose; brush thick, dark wine-color.
Berries large, oval, dull black, covered with heavy bloom,
persistent, firm; skin thick, tough, adherent with wine-colored
pigment, astringent; flesh pale green, translucent, juicy,
stringy, tender, coarse, foxy; good. Seeds free, one to five,
broad, notched, blunt, light brown.

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