(Lincecumii, Labrusca)

Another of T. V. Munson's hybrids is Beacon. It is not well adapted to

northern regions but does very well in the South. The vine is vigorous

and bears a handsome, compact mass of foliage which retains its color

and freshness through drouths and heat. Munson grew Beacon in 1887

from seed of Big Berry (a variety of Lincecumii) pollinated by

Concord, the vine bearing first in 1889.

Vine vigorous, precariously hardy, productive. Canes short,

slender, light brown. Leaves healthy, thick, dark green, sometimes

rugose; veins showing indistinctly through the slight pubescence

of the lower surface. Flowers open in mid-season, on plan of five

or six, self-fertile.

Fruit mid-season, keeps well. Clusters large, long, slender,

cylindrical, usually high-shouldered, compact. Berries variable in

size, round, purplish-black, dull with heavy bloom, firm; skin

tough, adherent with a large amount of purplish-red pigment,

astringent; flesh tender, aromatic, spicy, vinous, mildly subacid;

good. Seeds free, large, broad, blunt, notched.