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(Labrusca, Vinifera, Bourquiniana)

Ideal is a handsome seedling of Delaware, from which it differs
chiefly in being larger in bunch and berry, attaining in both of these
characters nearly the size of Catawba. In Kansas and Missouri, this
variety is highly recommended, not only for the high quality of the
fruit, ranking with Delaware in quality, but because of vigorous,
healthy, productive vines. But farther north the vines are
precariously hardy and not sufficiently fruitful, healthy nor vigorous
to warrant high recommendation. Ideal originated with John Burr,
Leavenworth, Kansas, from seed of Delaware, about 1885.

Vine vigorous, doubtfully hardy, productive; tendrils
intermittent, bifid or trifid. Canes long, numerous, slender, dark
brown; nodes enlarged, flattened; internodes long. Leaves large,
variable in color; lobes three to five; petiolar sinus deep, wide;
teeth deep, narrow; upper surface light green, dull; lower surface
pale green, pubescent.

Fruit early mid-season, keeps well. Clusters large, broad, heavily
shouldered; pedicel thick; brush green. Berries large, round,
dark red with thin bloom, usually persistent, firm; skin thick,
tough, adherent; flesh green, tender, aromatic, sweet next the
skin, acid at the center; good to very good. Seeds adherent,
large, plump, brown.

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