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In vigor, health, hardiness and productiveness, Lucile (Plate XXII) is
not surpassed by any native grape. Unfortunately, the fruit characters
are not so desirable. The size, form and color of bunches and berries
are good, making a very attractive fruit, but the grapes have an
obnoxious, foxy taste and odor and are pulpy and seedy. Lucile is
earlier than Concord, the crop ripening with that of Worden or
preceding it a few days. For an early variety, the fruit keeps well
and in spite of thin skin ships well. The vine thrives in all grape
soils. Lucile may be recommended where a hardy grape is desired and
for localities in which the season is short. J. A. Putnam, Fredonia,
New York, grew Lucile. The vine fruited first in 1890. It is a
seedling of Wyoming, which it resembles in fruit and vine and
surpasses in both.

Vine vigorous, hardy, very productive. Canes long, light brown;
nodes enlarged, flattened; internodes short; tendrils continuous,
bifid or trifid. Leaves large, firm; upper surface light green,
glossy, smooth; lower surface pale green, pubescent; leaf with
terminus acute; petiolar sinus shallow, narrow, sometimes closed
and overlapping; basal sinus usually absent; lateral sinus a notch
when present; teeth shallow. Flowers self-fertile, open early;
stamens upright.

Fruit early, keeps well. Clusters large, long, slender,
cylindrical, usually single-shouldered, very compact; pedicel
short, thick with few, small, inconspicuous warts; brush light
brown. Berries large, round, dark red with thin bloom, persistent,
firm; skin thin, tender, astringent; flesh pale green,
translucent, juicy, tough, stringy, foxy; fair in quality. Seeds
adherent, one to four, small, broad, short, blunt, dark brown.

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