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Northern Red Currant vs Bracted Honeysuckle

Ribes triste

Lonicera involucrata

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Bracted Honeysuckle

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.

Bracted Honeysuckle is a shade loving shrub that is distinguishable from other honeysuckles by its square stem and pointed leaves. Native to most of North America, this honeysuckle is found along swamps, rivers, riparian zones and moist wooded areas.

If you have a erosion control project in mind, consider Bracted Honeysuckle.

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

BRACTED HONEYSUCKLE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 4a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 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: shiny, purple-black berries produced in pairs
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: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: swamp red currant
Other Names: bearberry honeysuckle, black twinberry, twinberry


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Ships to USA: yes
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