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Black Currant

Ribes nigrum

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Black Currant (Ribes nigrum) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Black Currant

Black Currant

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Black Currant (Ribes nigrum) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Black Currant fruit

Black Currant fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A medium-sized shrub grown for its black berries in summer, ideal for making 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

Edible Qualities

Black Currant is a medium-sized shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces clusters of black round berries which are usually ready for picking in mid summer. The berries have a tart taste.

The berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Wine-Making
  • Sauces

Features & Attributes

Black Currant has green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn yellow in fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries in mid summer.

This is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Black Currant is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Black Currant will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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 typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. 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.

At Shelmerdine, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT" meaning that it is not recognized as winter-hardy in our Zone 3 climate. However, there is a possibility that it could survive winter. Regardless of whether it survives a winter or not, this plant is only warrantied until Nov. 1 of its season of purchase.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Orchard 
Applications
Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Hours of Inspiration

Monday – Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday & Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Shelmerdine Garden Centre Ltd.

7800 Roblin Boulevard
Headingley, MB R4H 1B6

Phone: 204.895.7203
Fax: 204.895.4372
Email: info@shelmerdine.com