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Red Currant vs Golden Currant

Ribes rubrum

Ribes aureum

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Red Currant
Golden Currant

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.

Golden Currant produces berries for jams, jellies, sauces and even pemmican. This currant bush is very dense, allowing for use as a hedge, windbreak, or wildlife habitat.

This plant is also a very popular rootstock to graft popular red and white currant varieties to. The resulting plants are taller, more productive, and easier to harvest.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

GOLDEN CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
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: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: orange to red
Fall colour: reddish purple
Berries: translucent red berries
Berries: glossy black berries used to make jams, jellies and pies
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: clusters of long tubular yellow flowers
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: buffalo currant, clove currant, fragrant golden currant, golden flowering currant, spicebush


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