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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



Type of Plant

Fruits Fruits
Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season

April - May


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 9'
Max spread Max Spread: 5'


  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Rabbit

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds


    Native Range

    Europe, Northern Asia


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

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery Lower Garden

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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