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Blackcurrant vs Riverbank Grape

Ribes nigrum

Vitis riparia


Riverbank Grape

Blackcurrant is a medium-sized shrub producing delicious, deep purple to black sweet berries suitable for jams, jellies, syrups and cordial.

Our Blackcurrant is grown from seed from the "Ben" series of Blackcurrant cultivars, developed by the Mylnefield Research Station in Scotland with a focus on cold hardiness and heavy commercial fruit production. Our seedlings will be slightly different due to hereditary differences but will be very similar to this series.

The Riverbank Grape, also known as the Frost Grape, or Wild Grape, is a cold-hardy variety that produces fragrant white flowers in the spring and then tart, purple grapes late in the summer.

The Riverbank Grape is a vigorous grower that attracts lots of wildlife, who enjoy the fruit and flowers. This plant is native to North America, and is also highly resistant to fungal diseases, making this a great addition to your city gardens. This plant does best with a trellis.



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Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Berries: dark purple to black berries
Berries: purple
Firmness: firm
Flavor: tart
Harvest: late summer
Flowers: fragrant white
Bark: yellow-red to brown
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

Other Names: european black currant
Other Names: frost grape, wild grape