How to Prune Scuppernong


A member of the Vitis rotundifolia family, the scuppernong grape vine in a native plant to North Carolina in the United States. This grape vine was originally found growing along the Scuppernong River, thus receiving its name. The grapes produced by this plant are sweet, golden, globe-shaped grapes and have been cultivated for more than 400 years for not only the fruit but also for wine production. Proper pruning of this plant is required in order for it to always grow its best.

Step 1

Prune the scuppernong grape vine during late winter while the vine is still in dormancy to remove large amounts of the vine. Pruning large portions of the vine after it begins to bud for the spring can harm the plant.

Step 2

Prune away any dead or dying portions of the vine by using sharp pruning shears or garden loppers. Cut the dead or dying portion of the vine where it joins the main trunk.

Step 3

Clear out segments of the vine known as spurs using your pruning shears; these segments often crowd the vine and affects its health. Most generally, this action will only have to be completed once the vine reaches 5 years of age or older.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Garden loppers
  • Electric hedge trimmer


  • Backyard Gardener: Vitis rotundifolia
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