Muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia) are indigenous to the southern parts of the United States but can be successfully grown into Zone 6. Characterized by their large, round shape, muscadine grapes come in purple, black or golden/bronze colors. (Bronze muscadines are most often called scuppernong grapes.) With the exception of a few self-pollinating varieties such as Cowart, muscadine grapes need two different varieties to produce fruit.
Muscadines make delicious wine, juice and jelly; and in addition to their versatile fruit, their vines provide an excellent source of natural habitat for wildlife.