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Northern Red Currant vs Arnold Hawthorn

Ribes triste

Crataegus arnoldiana

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Arnold 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.

Arnold Hawthorn is a low-branched tree favored by wildlife and landscapers. This tree's beautiful white flowers and bright red berries make it an attractive ornamental in anyone's yard. Arnold Hawthorn is also used in windbreaks and riparian planting.

Despite its thorns, Arnold Hawthorn is a popular choice of food and shelter for deer and birds. Humans can also eat these berries fresh or preserved, but Arnold Hawthorn will not have high yields until it matures at 5-8 years.

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

ARNOLD HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Berries: red pomes about 1 cm in diameter
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 to brown
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: swamp red currant


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