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Red Currant vs Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Ribes rubrum

Cornus mas

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Red Currant
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

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.

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood is an ornamental plant with a variety of uses as it can be grown as a shrub, small tree, hedge, or privacy screen. The bright yellow flowers grow in clusters and bloom in late winter to early spring, providing an early food source for pollinators. They are visually striking as the flowers bloom before the leaves appear and last for several weeks.

Red, cherry-like fruits are produced in midsummer. They are edible but are better suited for preserves and syrups as the taste is fairly sour and astringent, similar to that of sour cherries and cranberries.

The Cornelian Cherry Dogwood was the winner of the Gold Medal Award from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society as well as the Cary Award for having superior landscape appeal and for being winter hardy and pest resistant.

RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

CORNELIAN CHERRY DOGWOOD QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: red
Flavor: sour
Flowers: yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: cornelia cherry, cornelia cherry dogwood, cornelian cherry, cornelian cherry dogwood, european cornel