Wild grape is a deciduous vine with large leaves growing up to 6-inches across. Leaves form alternately on the vine. The leaves usually have toothed margins and have 3 lobes, resembling maple leaves. The leaves are palmately veined. Vines produce forked trendrils which wrap around plants, fences, etc. for support allowing them to climb over fences and landscape plants. Wild grape spreads by seeds. Flowers are produced in late spring and early summer. The flowers and purplish black fruit grow in massed groups. The fruit, which is much smaller than commercial grapes is produced late summer through fall. Wild grapes are found throughout central and eastern North America.
Different wild grape species thrive on different growing conditions from sun to shade, dry to moist soils. Wild grapes are weeds of landscapes, nurseries, fence rows, and abandoned areas. The vines of wild grapes can be pulled or cut back to the ground.
For optimum control, make your herbicide application to wild grape that is young and actively growing. Due to the woody nature of the vines and spreading habit, better results may be obtained with an oil base ester product. Fall clean up using an ester herbicide will provide effective management.