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Red Currant vs Common Blueberry

Ribes rubrum

Vaccinium myrtilloides

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Red Currant
Common Blueberry

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.

Common Blueberry isn't as large, pretty, or high yielding as the other varieties we carry. But Common Blueberry is our only blueberry that will survive in plant hardiness zones 1A to 2B. So if you happen to live in one of these zones, this is the variety for you.

Plus, these August maturing berries are wonderfully flavorful and contain more antioxidants by volume than the highbush varieties. They'll give your baked goods a wonderful pop of flavor.

Note: Blueberries require very specific soil conditions. They need well-drained soil with a pH between 4.5 and 5.0. If the starting pH of your soil is between 5.1 and 6.2 you can lower it by adding sulfur. We recommend against planting blueberries in soil with a starting pH greater than 6.2. Please do your own research before buying any blueberry plants.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

COMMON BLUEBERRY QUICK FACTS

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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: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: orange to red
Fall colour: yellow, orange, and red
Berries: translucent red berries
Berries: small clusters of blue berries
Fruit size: small
Firmness: medium
Flavor: somewhat tart
Harvest: late summer
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: low





Other Names: canadian blueberry, sourtop blueberry, velvetleaf blueberry, velvetleaf huckleberry


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