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Labrador Tea vs Northern Red Currant

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

Ribes triste

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Labrador Tea
Northern Red Currant

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

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.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: any
Fall colour: rust orange
Berries: shiny, sour, bright red
Flowers: white, fragrant
Flowers: reddish or greenish purple
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: none



Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested


Other Names: swamp red currant