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This tough shrub also tolerates some extreme conditions, including soils that are wet in winter, but dry in summer and it too is fast-growing. In wet soils with poor drainage it will help to pump water out to make the area less boggy for other plants to grow in. Very rapid, clean growth in almost any soil is one great advantage of the species which can be put to any garden use in sun or shade.
Vitis cinerea is an American native grape. The leaves are cordiform-emarinate, flabby, dull, limb finely wrinkled (like crepe) between the sub-veins. The fruits of Vitis cinerea are sweet-tart when mature and edible.
The preference is partial sun, moist conditions, and a fertile loamy soil.
Vitis is a genus of about 60 species of vining plants. The grape is usually a woody vine, climbing by means of tendrils (modified branches) and when untrained often reaching a length of 17 metres (56 feet) or more. In arid regions it may form an almost erect shrub. The leaves are alternate, palmately lobed, and always tooth-edged. Small greenish flowers, in clusters, precede the fruit, which varies in colour from almost black to green, red, and amber.
The plants are valued for their decorative foliage, often colouring brightly in autumn; their ability to clothe walls, pergolas and arches, thus providing shade; and their fruits, which may be eaten as dessert or provide the basis for homemade wines.
Voacanga africana is a tropical evergreen tree with glossy foliage. Its fragrant flowers feature a pale green, creamy or white corolla. It has numerous local medicinal uses in Africa.