A medium-sized shrub grown for its tart black berries in summer that make a delicious jam; quite upright, becoming looser with age; best for a reserved spot in the orchard or fruit garden. Black Currant can be susceptible to mildew so allow space around the plant for good air movement. Black currants are not self pollinating and 2 should be purchased for the maximum benefit.

Edible Qualities – Black Currant is a small shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces clusters of black round berries which are usually ready for picking from mid to late summer. The berries have a tart taste and a juicy texture. The berries are most often used in the following ways: Fresh Eating, Cooking, Baking, Preserves, Wine-Making, Sauces, Drinks.

Features & Attributes – Black Currant has rich green deciduous foliage on a plant with a round habit of growth. The lobed leaves turn yellow in fall. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries from mid to late 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 to your yard.

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 3 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 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.

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