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Red Currant vs Silverberry (Wolf Willow)

Ribes rubrum

Elaeagnus commutata

Red Currant
Silverberry (Wolf Willow)

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.

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grown on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils.

This plant is very low maintenance.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 1a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 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: silver drupes (edible)
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: yellow flowers in spring
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: 30 years
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium







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