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Red Currant vs Black Hawthorn

Ribes rubrum

Crataegus douglasii

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Red Currant
Black Hawthorn

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.

Black Hawthorn is a versatile plant that is native to wetlands and other areas with moist soils, but can also tolerate dry soils. This plant can be grown as a short shrub, or a tree reaching 30 feet tall.

Black Hawthorn is valued for erosion control and attracting pollinators. It also makes an attractive flowering ornamental that can be planted as a specimen or pruned as a hedge. It is commonly used in shelterbelts.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

BLACK HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: orange to red
Fall colour: yellow to red
Berries: translucent red berries
Berries: purplish-black pomes
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: white
Bark: brown to gray
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: Crataegus columbiana, douglas hawthorn, Douglas' thornapple


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