August Giant

(Labrusca, Vinifera)

August Giant is a hybrid between Labrusca and Vinifera in which the

fruit characters are those of the latter species. In appearance and

taste of berry, the variety resembles Black Hamburg. The vine is

usually vigorous and, considering its parentage, is very hardy. The

foliage is thick and luxuriant but subject to mildew. Vigor of vine,

beauty of foliage and the quality of the fruit ma
e the variety

desirable for the amateur. It needs a long-maturing season. August

Giant was grown by N. B. White, Norwood, Massachusetts, in 1861, from

seed of an early, large-berried, red Labrusca pollinated by Black


Vine very vigorous, hardy, subject to mildew. Canes long,

numerous, thick, dark brown; nodes enlarged, flattened; internodes

short; tendrils continuous, long, bifid or trifid. Leaves large,

thick; upper surface dark green, glossy, smooth; lower surface

pale green or bronzed, pubescent; lobes three, terminal one acute;

petiolar sinus deep, narrow, frequently closed and overlapping;

lateral sinus shallow or a notch; teeth shallow, narrow. Flowers

open in mid-season, self-sterile; stamens reflexed.

Fruit mid-season, keeps well. Clusters of average size, short,

broad, irregularly tapering, single-shouldered, loose; pedicel

long, thick with large warts; brush short, thick, green or with

brown tinge. Berries large, oval, purplish-red or black, dull with

thick bloom, firm; skin tough, adherent, astringent; flesh green,

translucent, tough, stringy; good. Seeds adherent, one to four,

large, blunt, light brown.