Grapes Muscadine Southland
Muscadinia rotundifolia ‘Southland’
- Type: Deciduous
- Zone: 7 – 10
- Sweet with Sugar Content at 17%
- Distinct Muscadine Aroma and Flavor
- Small/Medium 1/2 Inch Grapes
- Sun: Full Sun
- Soil: Grows in a wide range of soils; good internal drainage is required. pH 6.0 – 6.5
- Highly Disease Resistant, Cold Hardy
Southland Muscadine grapes are a black self-fertile variety; the vine is vigorous, disease resistant and cold hardy. This variety ripens uniformly at mid- to late-season and produces fruit with a dry stem scar and somewhat tough skin. Grow in full sun; fruit set and production will be reduced if the vines are shaded. Note that 1 self-fertile Muscadine will pollinate up to 3 female vines.
‘Southland’ was released in 1967 by N. Loomis of the U.S.D.A. ‘Southland’ was selected from a cross of ‘Thomas’ x seedling of ‘Topsail’ and was notable for its high sugar content and good productivity. It is an old cultivar that is no longer commonly planted. Southland would be a good choice for a homeowner looking for a variety with very aromatic fruit with a strong muscadine flavor. Flavor is best when berries are fully ripe.
- Slight susceptibility to berry rot
- As a cultivar of a native plant, it is resistant to Pierce’s Disease (PD). If affected, PD would cause marginal leaf burn, but the vine would survive.
- Muscadine grapes are drought tolerant. Water during dry periods the first two years, then the vines can usually obtain adequate water from the soil even during dry periods.
- Muscadine grapes have a relatively high requirement for magnesium; and a shortage shows up as yellowing between the veins of older leaves. Premature fruit fall may also result. To prevent or correct magnesium deficiency, apply Epsom salts at the rate of 2 to 4 ounces for 1 and 2 year-old vines. For older vines, apply 4 to 6 ounces. Be sure to broadcast Epsom salts evenly over a 3 to 6 foot area and water it into the soil well.
Good for fresh eating, Southland Muscadine grapes are recommended for home gardens. Their sweetness and distinct Muscadine flavor and aroma make them great making jelly and juice.