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Nesbitt Muscadine Grape

Item #135742, Bare-root.
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Large, juicy, and full of flavor. Grow firm bunches of deep reddish-purple to nearly black southern grapes. Moderately vigorous vines are a cross between Fry and Cowart muscadines. Originates from Raleigh, South Carolina and introduced in 1985. Disease-resistant and heat-tolerant. Ripens in late September, early October. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Green
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late September, Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.8 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm And Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 6 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 10
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 6' tall x 12" wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow grape vines in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Why not? Muscadines are delicious grapes and make fabulous jelly.
Dori L on Feb 18, 2021
I am continuing my family's history of muscadine growing. I need some new stock to go with my fines that are 8-10 years old.
Travis F on Feb 8, 2021
Why not? Muscadines are delicious grapes and make fabulous jelly.
Dori L on Feb 18, 2021
Stlevanna I on Feb 13, 2021
I am continuing my family's history of muscadine growing. I need some new stock to go with my fines that are 8-10 years old.
Travis F on Feb 8, 2021
JAMES N on Jun 6, 2020
Recommended for my zone
roy H on Mar 23, 2020
The grow really well in Oklahoma
Jennifer P on Mar 1, 2020
non gmo
Robert G on Jun 16, 2019
Supposed to be frost tolerant
RUSSEL M on Apr 12, 2019
I love the taste of these grapes. They're very healthy and I'm hoping they will bear fruit very well. They'll be a great snack to go with my healthy diet.
LaNeesa L on Mar 18, 2018
I have been told it was one of the best. It reached the top wire in one growing season.
kevin h on Feb 12, 2017
i live in the sw desert; this is a heat tolerant grape. it also bears late, so hoping it
buds out late in the spring and avoids late spring frosts.
jatila h on May 17, 2016
I have eaten them before and they are so good. Great full flavor. Large grape. Grows well in the south.
BRUCE H on May 10, 2016
We love muscadine a and understand this variety will grow in our zone!
karen m on Apr 6, 2016
Already have a Nesbitt version strong producer. South GA
Elizabeth M on Mar 20, 2016
I have not tried the Nesbit Muscadine, it being new. But it is a cross between a Fry
Grape and a Cowart, both of which I have been growing in my vineyard for several years.It is two of my favorite flavor grapes. I am looking forward to growing this grape. What a combination!

Robert Stadler
Robert S on Mar 18, 2016
I know this grape from my childhood and was happy to find it again at Stark Bros.
Charles P on Mar 6, 2016
Stlevanna I on Feb 13, 2021
JAMES N on Jun 6, 2020
Is the nesbitt muscadine grape seedless ?
jeff H on May 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The grapes are not seedless but very sweet and large fruits. The very first year of buying this plant i had mascadine in late August to September.
is this a male or female?
richard g on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These vines are self fertile. We have planted over a dozen and they have done well. We have found that they do better if they are kept potted and babied the first summer and then planted in the fall...putting them (bare root) straight in the ground in the spring has resulted in a 50% loss pf plants vs. 90% success in potting thru the summer. (The remaining 10% loss was due to deer damage). Nesbitts take the cold extremely well and the production for such young vines was amazing.
How long before you have fruit?
James N on Dec 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-3 years to bear.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!

Customer Reviews

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muscadine grape
i live in southern utah (zone 7a) and thought a grape that likes hot, humid weather might do ok in hot, dry weather. thought it would be worth a shot, so i took a chance. i wasn't sure it would make it through the winter here, though; as it turned out, it didn't even survive the summer. disappointing, but not surprising. the desert can be a tough environment. oh well, live and learn.
on the plus side, delivery was quick, and the plant was in good shape when it arrived. stark bros shipping and handling has always been pretty good .
it would be helpful if people's reviews included which zone they're in.
May 26, 2017
over 4 years ago
Never grew!
I ordered two of these vines. After a mixed up shipment that did not have any muscadine vines at all in it, they sent replacements and I received them on May 2. I let them sit in water for a day and planted them the net day. The vines never grew and the same little dried up twigs that was sent to me stayed in the ground for six months with no signs of life. I ordered some grape vines at the same time and planted them nearby. The grapes are flourishing and growing like crazy, but these...still dried up little twigs!
November 8, 2019
1 year ago
Nesbit muscadine grapes
I bought 4 Nesbit muscadine grapes and planted them the same day I received them. They didn't seem to be growing after a couple of weeks, so I called Stark Brothers. They lady I spoke to said I needed to prune them leaving 1-2 buds, which I did. Three of the vines never grew. The third one started to put out leaves, then died. I have always been satisfied with Stark Brothers products until now.
May 3, 2018
over 3 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear about your nursery stock. Please contact Customer Support at 800-325-4180 for replacement information.
May 17, 2018
Elizabeth D
Originated in Raleigh, North Carolina
The description states that these are from SC but they are from Raleigh, North Carolina.
June 5, 2020
Thanks Stark's Brothers for all the plants over the years I will most definitely recommend you and I will most definitely keep ordering from you best quality plants around thanks
June 10, 2018
over 3 years ago
Beautiful Plant!
I lost one of the two I purchased but this one is just beautiful. Hopefully it will decide to deliver fruit in the years to come. I'd grow it just for the beautiful color of the vine!
May 29, 2019
over 2 years ago
it died
I received the vine . it was packaged very well. I planted it in a pot with miracle grow potting soil. it showed no growth and it died.
May 17, 2017
over 4 years ago
I ordered one and it came very weak and died. I ordered another and did well for a while till the drought got it.
August 3, 2016
over 4 years ago