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Black Consort Currant

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Description

A handsome fruiting hedge. Medium-sized fruit forms in clusters on this compact, upright bush. Fruit is high in vitamin C and can be eaten fresh, but is traditionally used for prized and popular preserves. Also ideal for juicing, wine, and fruit liqueurs. Plant tolerates shade. Cold-hardy. Ripens in June or July. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest June-july
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.2 - 6.5
Taste Sweet And Juicy
Texture Crisp, Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Because I adore currant jelly.
SUSAN O on Apr 28, 2017
alway wanted to grow black currants liked the discription
Stephanie B L on May 3, 2016
Because I adore currant jelly.
SUSAN O on Apr 28, 2017
I grew up with it and had a hard time finding it in Minnesota...the best for jams and juices...
Heike R on May 17, 2016
alway wanted to grow black currants liked the discription
Stephanie B L on May 3, 2016
I love the juice!
Cindee K on May 2, 2016
It's good cure from cold and has a lot vitamin C.
YURIY N on Apr 29, 2016
I love currants. Waited too long and the red ones were sold out. Will have to get them next year. I plan on juicing most of the berries when the plants bear, but will also try dehydrating some for pancakes and waffles in the middle of winter!
barbara b on Apr 25, 2016
I had currants for the first time this summer and fell in love with the sweet-tart taste. I found these and they are compatible with my USDA Hardiness Zone, so I thought I'd give them a try.
Daniel S on Apr 1, 2016
Flower color and bush size plus lovely fruit.
judy C on Mar 25, 2016
Wanted a shade tolerant berry bush for our side yard.
Jaime P on Mar 22, 2016
Always wanted to try growing some currant plants and thought they would be a nice addition to my other fruit trees and berry plants.
Michael S on Mar 15, 2016
Adding to my collection of currants I have had planted for 6 years.
PAUL H on Mar 15, 2016
Already have this variety and it yields large fruit
Walter H on Mar 11, 2016
I've done well with gooseberries. I thought I'd try their pretty cousins!
Chris D on Mar 7, 2016
Used to make jelly or a Linzertorte Cake,
Robert S on Mar 4, 2016
I grew up with it and had a hard time finding it in Minnesota...the best for jams and juices...
Heike R on May 17, 2016
I love the juice!
Cindee K on May 2, 2016
How tall/wide does this grow?
Helen W on Oct 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine have been in two years, zone 5, and are about three feet tall and twenty to thirty inches wide. One of the three produced fruit despite a 2/14/16 temperature of -27 F and a 4/4/16 temperature of 4 F.
fall color?
Nona W on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Black Consort Currant's fall foliage is a gorgeous, brilliant orange-red.

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We live in Wisconsin where we have a harder time growing things because of hard cold snaps that stress young growth. These bushes were put in a raised bed and grew vigorously into almost a solid hedge within the first year, they set a few currants the first year and second growing season gave us a very nice crop. This year (3) they are absolutely loaded with blossoms for fruit and we are amazed at their prolific nature with just a top dressing of compost every fall.
The berries are excellent for preserves or pies and make a nice addition to our garden, the bushes are very attractive, we have 6 bushes in a row against one side of the garden and everyone always wants to know "what are these?"
May 5, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great Plant!
I purchased Black Consort Currant plant last spring. It came in a perfect condition--healthy & strong.
This spring (it is March 29th) it came back !!! Looking good ! I am so happy.
Great plant. Great price. Website is a great source for learning how to take care black currant.Thank you!
March 29, 2016
So far they are growing like crazy!
I live in zone 7b and we already had an April spring snow. I planted these when I received them back in March, and they are very hardy, and still very happy. I can't wait for them to take off. I had no idea they would be successful and I am looking forward to years of berry fruitiness. Thank you!
April 12, 2016
doing good
Both plants took off right away and are now nice bushes about 4 feet high. This is the second year that they are bearing fruit.
May 5, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great black currant plant!
I had not used this company before this year and bought black currant plant from them just a few days ago. When it arrived, which I might add was very quickly, it was in beautiful condition. Lovely and green and healthy looking. Thanks!
April 27, 2016
I love it!
I planted it last year . This spring it came back twice as big and so far healthy! We even going to have some berries this year. I am so excited!
May 18, 2016
Black Consort Currant
The.y came in great shape. In one year have quadrupled in size and are covered with blossoms. Very happy indeed
May 12, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Hearty and thriving, but soooo bitter
Bought 3, they all survived last winter and are heavy with berries, but the few berries we got last year were inedibly bitter. Not sure if that is typical for the black currant or not.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
This year is the first year we've seen berries.
The foliage on our black current has looked healthy for the first few years. This is the first year we've seen berries. We'll have to wait til harvest to know how we feel about our black current bush. The little berries give us hope of a nice harvest. We will keep you posted.
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing well in Alaska
I planted the currants last year and they produced a fair amount of berries right away. Now I'm looking at bushes with a large number of flowers. Woohoo!!??
May 21, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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