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Red Currant vs Northern Red Currant

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NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

(we don't know if or when this product will be restocked)

NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

(new stock expected: fall of 2019)

Red Currant
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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 Northern Red Currant is also known as the Swamp Red currant due to its preference for moist soil. As long as the soil is wet, this shrub can live in any degree of sunlight.

The currant itself is a bright red-purple berry enjoyed by many animals and some people for its sour flavour, similar to garden red currants. The flowers of this shrub are tiny and red or greenish-purple.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN RED CURRANT 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: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: orange to red
Berries: translucent red berries
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: swamp red currant


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