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Red Elderberry vs Northern Red Currant

Sambucus racemosa

Ribes triste

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Red Elderberry
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Red Elderberry is an attractive, medium-sized deciduous shrub.

It produces clusters of white flowers in the spring and bright red berry-like drupes, which provide beautiful contrast against its coarse, textured green foliage.

Red Elder can be pruned as a small single or multi-stemmed tree.

The Northern Red Currant is also known as the Swamp Red currant due to its preference for moist soil. As long as the soil is wet, this shrub can live in any degree of sunlight.

The currant itself is a bright red-purple berry enjoyed by many animals and some people for its sour flavour, similar to garden red currants. The flowers of this shrub are tiny and red or greenish-purple.

RED ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Berries: bright red berry like drupes
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Flowers: white panicle flowers
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: toxic to humans


Other Names: red elder
Other Names: swamp red currant


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes