American Black Currant
Zone 3 -4
Seedling 18″-24″ (4-5′ tall when full grown.)
American Black currant is a favorite of grazing animals. Birds and small mammals eat the berries. This species may form thickets which are desirable for habitat.
This low-growing shrub has attractive flowers which are visited by insect pollinators. It has moderate flood tolerance, and is considered highly drought tolerant, and is shade tolerant.
The berries (¼ to ½ inch in diameter) ripe in August/ September are red-purple to nearly black in color, with a smooth, glossy surface. They are sweet and high in vitamins and antioxidants and although they are commonly eaten by birds and small mammals they are also used for human consumption. The crimson/gold fall leaf color adds to its visual appeal.