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Northern Red Currant vs Black Elderberry

Ribes triste

Sambucus canadensis

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Northern Red Currant
Black Elderberry

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 Elderberry is a deciduous shrub native to eastern North America. You can plant this shrub in moist areas and it will help stabilize your soil. You can also use it on rural properties anywhere you'd use a lilac.

Warning: the seeds, stems, leaves, roots, and uncooked berries of the Black Elderberry are poisonous to humans when eaten in quantity. You should cook the berries to make them safe for human consumption.

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

BLACK ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: any
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Berries: black
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Flowers: fragrant, white and showy
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Bark: gray brownish with rigid bumps
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: leaves, stems, and uncooked berries are poisonous to humans

Other Names: swamp red currant
Other Names: american black elderberry, american elderberry, canada elderberry, common elderberry


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