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Ribes americanum

Wild Black Currant, American Black Currant

Main interest:
very hardy, native, edible black fruit loved by birds, bees and butterflies
full sun to partial shade
Soil humidity:
moist soil
Flower colour:
greenish white to creamy yellow
Flowering period:
May to June
USDA Hardiness:
zone 2a: -45.5 °C (-50 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 5 ft (1.5 m) width: 5 ft (1.5 m)
edible garden, renaturalization, woodland, shade garden, low hedge, foundation, container, specimen

Wild Black Currant is a small, thornless, erect shrub growing to 5 feet tall. Showy, fertile yellow-green flowers are pollinated by honeybees and bumblebees in spring. It blooms for about 3 weeks in May-June. The dark purple berries hang in chain-like clusters along the stem. The berries are smooth, 3/8”, with a thin skin, and contain many tiny seeds. They are great cooked in jams and jellies, or dried; and are high in vitamins A and C, and in potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. They ripen mid-summer. Expect good to high yields of 6 -10 pounds year two or three.

Ribes americanum is in the gooseberry family, and is closely related to gooseberries, and several other species of currants. It is a native shrub, and has a rhizomatous root system. It grows naturally in swamps, along stream edges, in wet meadows and open woods. American Black Currant is quite tolerant of moist soil, prefers full sun but will flower and fruit in partial shade. The plant does not sucker but will form thickets via the underground stems. It is perfect for woodland gardens and edible gardens, attracting birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Great for erosion control; and it is drought and deer tolerant. Also, it is juglone tolerant. So, it’s another great native plant for proximity to black walnut trees.

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Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS

Also known as: Eastern Black Currant

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