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Scientific Name: Ribes nigrum
Pronunciation: RYE-beez NYE-grum
Common Name: black currant
Family Name: Grossulariaceae
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Key ID Features: Leaves dull, dark green, up to 15 cm long, mostly with three pointy lobes, aromatic when crushed, stipules small and leafy if still present; berries glossy black with persistent calyx.
Course(s): HORT 2355


Habit: Dense, Open, Spreading, Twiggy
Form: Round
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:1.3 - 2.0m
Spread:1.5 - 2.0m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Humus rich, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Hedge row, Small garden/space, Spring interest, Urban agriculture, Wildlife food
Additional Info: Google Images . Wikipedia
black currant
 
 
Leaf Morphology:
Form: Lobed, Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Heavily veined, Palmate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Distinctive smell, Pubescent
Colour in Summer: Green
Colour in Fall: Yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Cordate
Margins: Serrate

 
 
Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Raceme
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Urceolate
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Green-yellow, Pink, Red, (petals may be reddish-green to brownish depending on cv.)
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun
Additional Info: 4-6 mm wide

 
Fruit Type: Berry (true)
Fruit Colour: Black
Fruiting Time: Jul, Aug
Additional Info: Showy, Edible, glossy with persistant calyx; may take 4 - 5 years after planting for heavy fruit production

 
Bark Morphology: Smooth
Bark or Stem Colour:
  


Propagation: Cuttings
Plant Care:
Other:remove stems over 2 years old
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Rust, Rabbit resistant, Deer resistant
Specific Pests: white pine blister rust
 
Location(s):
(CGW) Community Garden West
(FEA) Field lab Equipment Area
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