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Red Currant vs Russian Almond

Ribes rubrum

Prunus tenella

Red Currant
Russian Almond

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.

Russian Almond is a low, suckering shrub. It is covered with attractive, bright pink flowers in early spring before its foliage emerges.

This hardy species forms dense thickets that wildlife will flock to for food and cover. Russian Almond prefers full sun and well-drained soils, but can tolerate moist soils.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

RUSSIAN ALMOND QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: orange to red
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: translucent red berries
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: bright pink flowers in spring
Bark: smooth brick red bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: 20 years
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high







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