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Red Currant

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A medium-sized shrub grown for its tart red berries in summer, good for jam; quite stiff and upright, becoming looser with age; best for a reserved spot in the orchard or fruit garden, can be susceptible to mildew so allow for good air movement

Characteristics

Species:
sativum
Other Species Names:
Redcurrant, White Currant, Pink Currant
Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Ribes
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

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Planting & Growing

Red Currant will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This shrub is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

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