- Hardiness Zone: 2-5
- Mature Height: 5-6' tall
- Mature Width: 5-6' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 5-6' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, catbirds, thrashers, and blue birds
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Due to federal and state laws, we are unable to ship to: DE, MA, MI, NC, NH, NJ, RI, WV
Why the Audubon® American Currant?
Fruit for the birds—and for the humans, too! American Currant is an uncommon native fruiting plant that will please your avian visitors with its sweet-tart black berries in summer, and you may want to snack on them as well. Robins and other thrushes, catbirds, bluebirds, and Brown Thrashers are known to sample the juicy fruits. Humans may eat them fresh or cook them into pies or jelly. They’re rich in vitamins and antioxidants! Unlike many other Currants (and the closely related Gooseberries), American Currant is thornless, so you’ll have pain-free picking when the harvest starts.
American Currant, a.k.a. Wild Black Currant, a.k.a. Eastern Black Currant, is a plant of cool northern lands (it is hardy to 50 below zero!), often growing in and near wetlands. Its native range extends from Canada to Colorado, Indiana, and Delaware. American Currant is not as common as it once was, due to an unfortunate story. In the 1920s and ’30s, thousands of Currants and Gooseberries were destroyed because they were found to be an alternate host for White Pine blister rust, a devastating imported fungal disease that kills Pine Trees. American Currant is not as vulnerable to the disease as the more popular European Black Currant, but it is susceptible.
How to use in the landscape?
American Currant provides additional wildlife value in the form of creamy yellow spring flowers that appeal to native bumblebees, carpenter bees, and sweat bees. Several species of comma butterflies also use American Currant foliage to feed their young.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 2-5
Mature Height: 5-6' tall
Mature Width: 5-6' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 5-6' apart
How To Plant
In northern regions, where it is happiest, American Currant may be grown in full sun or part shade. In warmer regions, some shade will probably be necessary. A lover of bogs in the wild, it also prefers moist soil in the home landscape, though it is moderately drought tolerant once established. American Currant does not spread by suckers like some other Currants, but it may reseed. Check with your local extension service about the prevalence of White Pine blister rust in your area before planting. Currant plants are banned in some states.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 2-5