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Northern Red Currant vs Northern Gooseberry

Ribes triste

Ribes oxyacanthoides

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Northern Gooseberry

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.

Northern Gooseberry is a small, ornamental quality native shrub with prickly stems. You can plant it anywhere you'd plant Prickly Rose or Common Wild Rose, such as your yard.

Most people find Northern Gooseberry berries a bit tart for significant fresh eating but they are good for baking, wine or jam.

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN GOOSEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: any
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Berries: purple or purplish black
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: swamp red currant
Other Names: canada gooseberry, canadian gooseberry


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