Black Eagle

(Labrusca, Vinifera)

The fruit of Black Eagle is of the best, but the vine lacks in vigor,

hardiness and productiveness and is self-sterile. Bunch and berry are

large and attractive. The season is about with Concord. Black Eagle

has wholly failed as a commercial variety, and its several weaknesses

prevent amateurs from growing it widely. The variety originated with

Stephen W. Underhill, Croton-on-Hudson,
ew York, from seed of Concord

pollinated by Black Prince. It fruited first in 1866.

Vine vigorous, precariously hardy, unproductive. Canes rough,

thick, reddish-brown with light bloom; nodes enlarged, flattened

internodes long; tendrils continuous, long, bifid or trifid.

Leaves thick; upper surface dark green, glossy, smooth to rugose;

lobes five; terminal lobe acute; petiolar sinus deep; lateral

sinus wide, narrowing towards top, deep. Flowers open in

mid-season, self-sterile; stamens reflexed.

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

single-or double-shouldered, compact; pedicel long, slender with

few warts; brush short, pale green. Berries variable in size,

oval, black, glossy with thick bloom; skin tender, thin, adherent

with wine-colored pigment; flesh pale green, translucent, tender,

vinous; good. Seeds free, one to four, large.