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Red Currant vs Black Elderberry

Ribes rubrum

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

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Red Currant
Black Elderberry

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 Elderberry is a deciduous shrub native to eastern North America. You can plant this shrub in moist areas and it will help stabilize your soil. You can also use it on rural properties anywhere you'd use a lilac.

Warning: the seeds, stems, leaves, roots, and uncooked berries of the Black Elderberry are poisonous to humans when eaten in quantity. You should cook the berries to make them safe for human consumption.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

BLACK ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: orange to red
Berries: translucent red berries
Berries: black
Flowers: inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring
Flowers: fragrant, white and showy
Bark: gray brownish with rigid bumps
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: leaves, stems, and uncooked berries are poisonous to humans

Other Names: american black elderberry, american elderberry, canada elderberry, common elderberry


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