The genus Vitis L. contains two subgenera, Euvitis Planch. (bunch grapes) and Muscadinia Planch. (muscadine grapes). The muscadine grape, Vitis rotundifolia Michx., is the only commonly cultivated member of the Muscadinia subgenus. The muscadine grape differs from the common bunch grape (Vitis labrusca L., V. vinifera L., and their various hybrids) by the presence of smaller clusters, unbranched tendrils, berries with thick skins, and a unique fruity aroma. Muscadine grapes are an important fruit crop in the southeastern United States where Pierce’s disease (Xylella fastidiosa Wells et al.) and other diseases limit the production of most bunch grape cultivars. ‘Lane’ is a new muscadine grape cultivar released by the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. ‘Lane’ has self-fertile flowers and produces black berries of large size that ripen early in the muscadine harvest season. High soluble solids and excellent berry firmness make ‘Lane’ a good choice for fresh market sales. As a result of its medium yields, ‘Lane’ plantings should probably be restricted to what is required to meet early-season sales.
Poling, B., Mainland, C., Bland, W., Cline, B. & Sorenson, K. 2003 Muscadine grape production guide. N.C. State Ext. Serv. Bul. AG-94, Raleigh, NC