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Hayes








(Labrusca, Vinifera)

In 1880, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society awarded a certificate
of merit to Hayes for high quality in fruit. This brought it
prominently before grape-growers and for a time it was popular, but
when better known several defects became apparent. The vine is hardy
and vigorous, but the growth is slow and the variety is a shy bearer.
Both bunches and berries are small, and the crop ripens at a time, a
week or ten days earlier than Concord, when there are many other good
green grapes. Excellent though it is in quality, the variety is hardly
worth a place in any vineyard. John B. Moore, Concord, Massachusetts,
is the originator of Hayes. It is a seedling of Concord out of the
same lot of seedlings as Moore Early. It was first fruited in 1872.

Vine variable in vigor and productiveness, hardy and healthy.
Canes numerous, slender; nodes enlarged, flattened; internodes
short; tendrils intermittent, bifid or trifid. Leaves uniform in
size; upper surface dark green; lower surface pubescent; lobes one
to three; teeth shallow, small. Flowers almost self-sterile, open
medium late; stamens upright.

Fruit early, keeps well. Clusters variable in size and length,
often single-shouldered; pedicel long, slender; brush small, pale
green. Berries medium in size, round, greenish-yellow, covered
with thin bloom, persistent; skin thin, tender with a few small
reddish-brown dots; flesh fine-grained, tender, vinous, sweet at
the skin, agreeably tart at center, mild; good. Seeds few, of
average size, short, plump, brown.





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