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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Red currants are a small tart fruit best harvested in June. They prefer well-drained soils as well as cool summer climates.

    Latin Name

    Ribes rubrum


    Family

    Grossulariaceae


    Type of Plant

    Fruit
    Shrub

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 9'
    Max Spread: 5'

    Uses

  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Rabbit

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe, Northern Asia


    History

    In 1794 his secretary, Tobias Lear, sent Washington several currant bushes.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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