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Blackcurrant vs Mountain Huckleberry

Ribes nigrum

Vaccinium membranaceum

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Blackcurrant
Mountain Huckleberry

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.

Mountain Huckleberry is a small shrub known for its tart to sweet berries. The berries range from purple-black to red-black, and can be eaten fresh or used in jams and syrups. It is a plant native to Alberta and the berries are frequently enjoyed by both people and wildlife.

In traditional Indigenous fire management practices, berry patches were burned after harvest. This would reduce the invasion of other plants allowing the Mountain Huckleberry to thrive. Its foliage has low flammability and can survive low severity fires, and even if destroyed they regrow from the roots.

Note: Mountain Huckleberry requires specific soil conditions. They need moist, well-drained, acidic soil with a pH around 5.5.

BLACKCURRANT QUICK FACTS

MOUNTAIN HUCKLEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $19.99
Zone: 2a
Zone: 5a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Berries: dark purple to black berries
Berries: dark purple
Flavor: sweet, acidic
Harvest: mid to late summer
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high





Other Names: european black currant
Other Names: big huckleberry, black huckleberry, tall bilberry, thinleaf huckleberry