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Red Currant vs Witch Hazel

Ribes rubrum

Hamamelis virginiana

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Red Currant
Witch Hazel

Red Currant is a deciduous shrub native to western Europe. It features five-lobed, maple-like leaves, and bright red berries that can be used in jams, sauces, and fresh eating.

Although this shrub is self-fertile, it will be more productive if another pollinator is present. For year over year high yields, ensure you fertilize (bone meal), prune, and mulch your Red Currant shrub.

Witch Hazel is a deciduous shrub, or small tree, with a short trunk, bearing numerous spreading, crooked branches.

The seeds grow in a long, wooden pod with two to four seeds per pod. Upon ripening, the pods burst, firing the seeds up to 30km an hour.

The leaf and bark extract of Witch Hazel has been used as a remedy to common ailments such as inflammation, bruises and much more for many centuries.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

WITCH HAZEL QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium