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(Vinifera, Labrusca)

Few varieties of black grapes equal Highland in appearance and quality
of fruit. When given good care under favorable conditions, the bunches
are unusually large and handsome in appearance, sometimes attaining a
weight of two pounds, and bear beautiful bluish-black berries with the
fine flavor and tender texture of Jura Muscat, one of its parents. The
flesh is solid, firm and the fruit keeps and ships well. The vine is
vigorous, productive to a fault but is doubtfully hardy. Where the
climate is temperate and the season long enough for the vine and
fruit of Highland to develop, this is one of the choicest grapes for
the amateur. The variety originated about the close of the Civil War
with J. H. Ricketts, Newburgh, New York, from seed of Concord
fertilized by Jura Muscat.

Vine variable in vigor, productive, healthy. Canes long, numerous,
dark brown with thin bloom; nodes enlarged; internodes long;
tendrils intermittent, bifid or trifid. Leaves large; upper
surface dark green, dull, rugose; lower surface grayish-green,
pubescent; lobes one to five, terminal one acute; petiolar sinus
deep, variable in width; basal sinus shallow, narrow; lateral
sinus a notch; teeth deep, wide. Flowers self-fertile, open in
mid-season; stamens upright.

Fruit late, keeps well. Clusters large, long, broad, tapering,
usually single-shouldered, usually two bunches per shoot; pedicel
long, thick, smooth; brush green with yellow tinge. Berries large,
round-oval, purplish-black, dull with heavy bloom, persistent,
firm; skin tough, free; flesh green, translucent, juicy, tender,
vinous; good. Seeds free, one to six, large, long, notched, brown.

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