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Red Currant vs Labrador Tea

Ribes rubrum

Ledum groenlandicum

Red Currant
Labrador Tea

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.

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 1a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: orange to red
Fall colour: rust orange
Berries: translucent red berries
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: clusters of tiny white flowers which are fragrant, sticky and attractive to insects
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium




Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested



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