Sugargate Muscadine

Sugargate Muscadine. Female. 23% sugar. Earliest ripening black variety.

Category: Black and Red Varieties Female Varieties

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Product Description

Muscadine vines ship between late November and late April.

The Sugargate muscadine is the earliest ripening black muscadine available. This muscadine has excellent flavor with large fruit and edible skin. The muscadine vine is very vigorous and disease resistant. Developed at Ison’s Nursery. Patent Protected #5831. NOTE: This is a female variety that must be planted within 50 feet of a self-fertile variety in order to produce fruit.

Variety Spotlight:

Sugargate is an early ripening black female that we released here at our nursery. Jumbo was the only large black fruited muscadine before Sugargate.  Jumbo is a very large fruit, but it ripens late in the season and has to be very ripe before it is sweet.

Sugargate’s release was important for 2 reasons. First of all, at the time it was the earliest ripening black variety available. It is also extremely sweet.

I have eaten my share of muscadines and the sweet flavor of Sugargate is the sweetest of all muscadines. Sugargate has some drawbacks. Every 3 years it tends to put on a lighter crop than normal. Gulf coast areas with sandy soil experienced low yields.

I am often asked which is my favorite muscadine. My answer is that if I knew I was about to leave this world and could only eat one before I left, it would be Sugargate.

Greg Ison

Available Plant Sizes:

2 Year Bare-root – The majority of the plants we grow are 2 year bare-root.  The average length of the vines are 2-4′ with an excellent root system.

2 Year Plus Bare-root – These are the largest and highest quality plants that we offer.  They have had exceptional growth, have an excellent root system and average 4-6′ foot in length.  These vines will be very close to reaching the top wire on your trellis.

Muscadine planting instructions and how to videos.

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Additional Information

Weight lbs
Dimensions N/A

2 year Bare-root (2-4′), 2 year Bare-root Plus (4’+), 2 year Potted (1 gallon)

Product Details

Fruit Color: Black
Fruit Size: 1 1/4"
Ripens/Harvest: Early Season
pH: 6.0-6.5
Years to Bear: 2 Years
Zone Range: 7-10
Plant Spacing: 15-20 ft
Pollination: Female-Requires Pollination
Depth: Top root 1-2" below ground
Spread: 15-20 ft
Fruit Yield: 40-60 lbs
Sun/Shade: Full sun
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