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Red Currant vs Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Ribes rubrum

Prunus x cistena

Red Currant
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

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.

The Purple Leaf Sandcherry provides bright reddish-purple leaves that turn bronze-green in the fall. In the spring, tiny flowers with a pinkish white hue bloom. The flowers are small, but the impact comes from the shrub blossoming all at once. The Purple leaf sand cherry is susceptible to pests and diseases; a typical life span is approximately 10 - 15 years. Not suitable for a privacy hedge but good as an accent plant that attracts birds and bees.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

PURPLE LEAF SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: orange to red
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: translucent red berries
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: produces single pinkish flowers
Bark: smooth dark red to purple bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: the leaves and seed contain small amounts of hydrogen cyanide but are seldom consumed in any quantity



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