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Northern Red Currant vs Mongolian Cherry

Ribes triste

Prunus fruticosa

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Northern Red Currant
Mongolian Cherry

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.

Mongolian Cherry is a hardy shrub that is often grown as an ornamental. This plant makes an attractive flowering hedgerow that requires little maintenance. The dark red cherries are tart and desirable for baking, wine-making, and canning. This shrub is popular with wildlife.

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

MONGOLIAN CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: full sun
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Flowers: clusters of white flowers
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: swamp red currant
Other Names: dwarf cherry, european dwarf cherry, steppe cherry


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Ships to USA: yes
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