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Red Currant vs Bearberry

Ribes rubrum

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Red Currant
Bearberry

Red Currant is a short deciduous shrub native to western Europe. It features five-lobed, maple-like leaves and bright red berries.

Red Currant berries are more sour than black currant, but they can be eaten raw and are excellent for jams and sauces. This member of the gooseberry family is related to the wild currants and gooseberries of North America.

Bearberry is a dwarf shrub known for its creamy pink flowers and red edible fruits.

It is great as a filler in gardens and flowerbeds in place of invasive ground cover plants, like English Ivy.

Bearberry will attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to your property.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

BEARBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 1b
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 0.1 m (0.3 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: orange to red
Berries: translucent red berries
Berries: many small red berry-like drupes
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: small, purple-white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium







Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no