This vine was originally obtained from the banks of the Catawba River, and is an abundant fruit-producer. Its berries are large, and occur in loose bunches of a beautiful appearance, varying in color and flavor according to the degree of shade and sunshine to which they are subjected during development. The effect of the sun produces a bluish-purple color on those fully subjected to its influence, while the berries which grow partially or entirely in the shade vary in color from a lilac hue to a translucent white. The Catawba grape is an early variety, is much esteemed as a table fruit, and is considered one of the most popular for winter use and long keeping.