Silverleaf Grape is a native vine found through much of Virginia. It can climb up trees and grow more than 30 feet off the ground. The grapes reach peak ripeness in early November, and they are an important late source of food for many species of birds. The flowers are cross-pollinated by bumblebees and honeybees, and many types of insects feed on other parts of the plant. Silverleaf Grape is in the genus Vitis, which contains about 80 species of vines, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. Grapes were important in Greek and Roman mythology as well as Christian theology. More than 70 percent of the grapes produced worldwide are used for wine, while most of the rest are consumed as fresh fruit.
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