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Red Currant vs Western Snowberry

Ribes rubrum

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

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Red Currant
Western Snowberry

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.

Like the Common Snowberry, the Western Snowberry is a small shrub with pink flowers useful for feeding livestock and preventing erosion. Unlike the common species, however, the Western Snowberry is much more suited to wet conditions, capable of persevering through poor soil drainage and occasional flooding.

After the Snowberry's flowers have bloomed, it produces berries which often last on the plant through winter. These berries are toxic to humans, but livestock and local wildlife love them! Those hoping to attract wildlife to their property can plant Snowberry and expect to see animals foraging on it much later in the year than other plants.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 1a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: orange to red
Berries: translucent red berries
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: pinkish white in small clusters, blooms june-august
Bark: pale green to light red-brown, greys and shreds with age
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium




Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans

Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry


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