American Black Currant

American Black Currant

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Ribes americanum, 5 Gallon

Exposure: Shade-sun
Soil: Wet-medium
Mature Height: 3-6 feet
Mature Width: 3-6 feet

Notable Features: Edible fruit; does well in partial sun under older oaks; nice fall color. The more sun it gets, the more chance it has of flowering and producing berries!

Attracts: The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract honeybees, bumblebees, Halictid bees (Lasioglossum spp.), and an oligolectic bee, Andrena nivalis. Several insects feed on the foliage and other parts of Wild Black Currant and other Ribes spp. These insect feeders include the caterpillars of the butterflies Polygonia faunas (Green Comma) and Polygonia progne (Gray Comma), the caterpillars of Dysstroma hersiliata (Orange-Barred Carpet) and other moths. Both birds and mammals eat the berries of Ribes spp. and help to distribute their seeds into new areas.