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Northern Red Currant vs Nannyberry

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Nannyberry

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.

Nannyberry is a hardy shrub known for attracting wildlife. Its clusters of white flowers and tasty berries are suitable for bees, birds, and other animals.

Nannyberry is also used in urban yards and landscaping. This shrub makes a beautiful ornamental and is small enough to grow underneath power lines. Its berries can be eaten fresh or used in baking and preserves.

Makes a great hedge or privacy screen in an urban yard. Often has great red fall color to complement its spring flowers.

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

NANNYBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2b
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: red
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Berries: red to purple
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: gray and scaly
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: sheepberry, sweet viburnum


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
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