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Blackcurrant vs Red Elder

Ribes nigrum

Sambucus racemosa

Blackcurrant
Red Elder

Blackcurrant is a medium-sized shrub producing delicious, deep purple to black sweet berries suitable for jams, jellies, syrups and cordial.

We offer the "Ben" series of Blackcurrant cultivars, developed by the Mylnefield Research Station in Scotland with a focus on cold hardiness and heavy commercial fruit production

Red Elder is an attractive, medium-sized deciduous shrub.

It produces clusters of white flowers in the spring and bright red berry-like drupes, which provide beautiful contrast against its coarse, textured green foliage.

Red Elder can be pruned as a small single or multi-stemmed tree.

BLACKCURRANT QUICK FACTS

RED ELDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: dark purple to black berries
Berries: bright red berry like drupes
Flowers: white panicle flowers
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium




Toxicity: toxic to humans



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