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Red Currant vs Trader Mulberry

Ribes rubrum

Morus x Trader

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Red Currant
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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.

The Trader Mulberry is a rare find. Named for the Trader family who brought the mulberry from Germany when they immigrated to the U.S. in 1982 and planted the original tree at their new homestead in North Dakota. This tree still bears fruit today! Similar to the Illinois Everbearing, but more winter hardy, this mulberry is a cross between white and red mulberry trees. This vigourous tree will produce large, sweet-tasting, virtually-seedless, black fruit throughout the entire summer and is great for fresh eating, jams, and wine. Do not plant near walkways or driveways as the berries can stain.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

TRADER MULBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3b
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: black seedless, large
Flavor: sweet
Harvest: Early July - Early September
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: none





Other Names: mulberry, red mulberry