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Maxatawney








(Labrusca, Vinifera)

While at one time very popular, grape-growers now seldom hear of
Maxatawney. It is a southern grape, ripening its fruit in the North
only occasionally. The variety is interesting historically as being
the first good green grape and as showing unmistakable Vinifera
characters, another example of the fortuitous hybridization which gave
so many valuable varieties before artificial hybridization of Vinifera
with native grapes had been tried. In 1843, a man living in
Eagleville, Pennsylvania, received several bunches of grapes from
Maxatawney. The seeds of these grapes were planted and one grew, the
resulting plant being the original vine of Maxatawney.

Vine vigorous, doubtfully hardy, variable in productiveness. Canes
medium in length, slender, reddish; nodes enlarged, flattened;
internodes short; tendrils continuous, bifid. Leaves large, dark
green, thick; lower surface grayish-white with tinge of bronze,
heavily pubescent; lobes three to five; petiolar sinus narrow;
teeth shallow. Flowers self-sterile, open in mid-season; stamens
upright.

Fruit late, keeps well. Clusters small to medium, short, slender,
cylindrical, occasionally with a small, single shoulder, compact;
pedicel long, slender, warty; brush long, yellow. Berries variable
in size, oval, pale red or dull green with amber tinge, with thin
bloom, persistent; skin tough, astringent; flesh tender, foxy;
good to very good. Seeds free, few, large, very broad, blunt.





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