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Silverberry (Wolf Willow) vs Golden Currant

Elaeagnus commutata

Ribes aureum

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Silverberry (Wolf Willow)
Golden Currant

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grow on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils. This plant is very low maintenance.

Golden Currant produces berries for jams, jellies, sauces and even pemmican. This currant bush is very dense, allowing for use as a hedge, windbreak, or wildlife habitat.

This plant is also a very popular rootstock to graft popular red and white currant varieties to. The resulting plants are taller, more productive, and easier to harvest.

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

GOLDEN CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 4a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish purple
Berries: silver drupes (edible)
Berries: glossy black berries used to make jams, jellies and pies
Flowers: yellow flowers in spring
Flowers: clusters of long tubular yellow flowers
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: 30 years
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow
Other Names: buffalo currant, clove currant, fragrant golden currant, golden flowering currant, spicebush


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