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Northern Red Currant vs Black Hawthorn

Ribes triste

Crataegus douglasii

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Black Hawthorn

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.

Black Hawthorn is a versatile plant that is native to wetlands and other areas with moist soils, but can also tolerate dry soils. This plant can be grown as a short shrub, or a tree reaching 30 feet tall.

Black Hawthorn is valued for erosion control and attracting pollinators. It also makes an attractive flowering ornamental that can be planted as a specimen or pruned as a hedge. It is commonly used in shelterbelts.

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

BLACK HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow to red
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Berries: purplish-black pomes
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Flowers: white
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Bark: brown to gray
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: swamp red currant
Other Names: Crataegus columbiana, douglas hawthorn, Douglas' thornapple


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