In spite of many encomiums in the past quarter century, Brown has not

received favorable recognition from fruit-growers. The quality is not

high, the berries shatter badly, and the vine is lacking in vigor.

Brown is a seedling of Isabella which came up in a yard at Newburgh,

New York, about 1884.

Vine hardy, productive. Canes short, slender, dark brown; tendrils

continuous. Leaves healthy, light green, glossy; veins well

defined, distinctly showing through the thick bronze of the lower

surface. Flowers open early, self-fertile stamens upright.

Fruit large, keeps well. Clusters small to medium, slender,

cylindrical or tapering, usually single-shouldered. Berries

intermediate in size, oval, black with thick bloom, drop soon

after ripening; skin adherent; flesh juicy, tough, fine-grained, a

little foxy, mild next the skin but tart at center; good. Seeds

short, blunt, light brown.