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Black Consort Currant

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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.

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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
My Hardiness Zone ?
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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 5' tall x 3 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.


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?
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Slight Shade tolerance might fit nicely into otherwise unused area
MICHAEL T on Jan 7, 2021
To make jam.
Sherald T on Dec 6, 2020
Slight Shade tolerance might fit nicely into otherwise unused area
MICHAEL T on Jan 7, 2021
I love to make black currant jam for me and my grandfather. This is my second plant from StarkBros.
K E on Jan 2, 2021
To make jam.
Sherald T on Dec 6, 2020
Food sources for family & animals
ann s on May 27, 2020
currents are wonderful tart little berries.
ANITA D on May 26, 2020
I Have a red currant so wanted to get different colors of currant to add to my land
shelley s on May 25, 2020
One of our native plants, berries taste pretty good too.
Miss B on May 24, 2020
We love currants
Kari B on May 23, 2020
We grew these in Alaska for over 20 years and really enjoyed them. Since we have since retired and moved to high desert, my wife was excited to learn that these would grow here. Very rich in Vitamin C. My wife freezes them and use them all year long for preserves for toast, makes a great drink using tea, use on crepes, even made a sauce for my turkey for Thanksgiving, since I am not allowed cranberries. You probably won't like to eat them fresh, not very sweet.
Lucien H P on May 21, 2020
Grew up with these as a birthday treat. My Aunt would make me a birthday pie with these.
Leland T on May 20, 2020
Have a plan to espalier 2 currants and saw this in the sale items
Charles K on May 19, 2020
We had a currant bush at childhood home. Wanted to give it a try.
Bubba on May 19, 2020
wanted a red but will try this.
Randall H on May 11, 2020
Reminds me about my childhood and wanted my kids have this too
Yelena P on May 2, 2020
productive in the shade
Donna V on May 2, 2020
Out of curiousity and to have a variety of food bearing plants.
Kelly A on May 1, 2020
For Jellies and Meads
Hazen S on Apr 23, 2020
variety I don't have
Sandra A on Mar 29, 2020
Looks like good for IA.
Jane S on Mar 24, 2020
Makes a delicious jelly
Alyssa B on Mar 21, 2020
Make excellent jelly, picked some in Floyd Va, and loved them.
Jayne C on Mar 16, 2020
To make a Vegan Mincemeat pie and living a Atoka no grocery stores carry this I have blueberry and table grapes here so adding another fruit to pick on my old age that i do not have replant.
Dianne B on Mar 15, 2020
Semi-shady area of my orchard.
Debora N on Mar 10, 2020
I like currants
Gerald K on Feb 29, 2020
Had wild currents as a boy, wanted to try them
Steve L on Feb 4, 2020
When I was stationed in Europe I went on a trip to the United Kingdom and had Welsh Cakes a kind of biscuit/pancake that used dry black currents. I also liked just snaking on dried berries.
David D on Feb 3, 2020
nutritional benefits, hardiness and thorny hedge
Russell R on Jan 27, 2020
I like ???em
BRAD B on Jan 14, 2020
I think planting the red and black currents close to each other will be a nice pop of color along the edge of the orchard to enjoy. Plus, how about those anti-oxidants!
CARMEN S on Jan 8, 2020
Nutrition. I have too much shade. This should grow in part shade. I also have a small lot. I don't have room for full sized trees.
Teresa D on May 4, 2019
I want to have lots of different berries growing on my property.
William G on May 3, 2019
They are very healthy
Ed on Apr 22, 2019
I had black currants at a previous residence and loved them...
Susan T on Apr 12, 2019
Delicious. High in Vitamin C. Birds love them.
Michelle B on Apr 10, 2019
Sweet with vitamin C
Ganzorig U on Apr 8, 2019
I bake with these
Satesh R on Apr 8, 2019
James F on Mar 29, 2019
Just love Currants.....adding to a native variety.
Lamar A on Mar 24, 2019
already have one - wanted a few more so I get more fruit
ELIZABETH L on Mar 19, 2019
Had black currants before, after many years they died. Need to replenish my garden.
Peter R on Mar 17, 2019
I want to make my own currant juice, its a staple in our family.
Kate N on Mar 12, 2019
Good memories of eating these on hiking trips in the Beartooth mountains.
NEAL B on Mar 8, 2019
I love currant jelly and want to make my own.
Elijah C on Feb 2, 2019
I have red currants, but these will actually grow by black walnuts, where I have room.
MARTHA C on Jan 9, 2019
I LOVE black currants! High time I started growing my own.
Cynthia O on Apr 20, 2018
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 to make black currant jam for me and my grandfather. This is my second plant from StarkBros.
K E on Jan 2, 2021
Food sources for family & animals
ann s on May 27, 2020
My father grew black currants when I was small (45 yrs ago) They were larger than red currants, and much sweeter. I tried to grow black currants when they first started to be available about 20 yrs ago and they were incredibly bitter. Ended up yanking them out because they were so awful.Has anyone actually eaten these? How's the flavor?
Heather N on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Black currants are an acquired taste for some. They are very popular in the UK and Europe but relatively unknown to Americans. Perhaps they were not completely ripe when you tasted them? I find them wonderfully complex in flavor. Like many fruits they benefit from added sugar and I believe excel in jams, pies and compotes as opposed to eating them on their own. If you find satisfaction in growing something that you cannot otherwise buy I urge you to give them another chance. You just might love them this time around!
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.
Are currant bushes deer resistant?
JoAnne W on May 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No fruiting tree or plant is deer-proof, but currants are known to be deer-resistant. Deer will eat anything if they are thirsty/hungry enough, but they'll look for something else nearby before they will eat your currant bushes.
What kind of soil mix wod you recommend to grow these in big pot?
User on Jun 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Any good potting soil will do, but don't choose a "moisture control" brand. They retain too much water and can cause root rot.
fall color?
Nona W on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Black Consort Currant's fall foliage is a gorgeous, brilliant orange-red.
Is red and black currant deer resistant?
Adrian E on Apr 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Deer will browse on currants occasionally. I grow mine in my vegatable/fruit garden behind a tall fence. If you want yours in the landscape you could cover them with netting until you pick the fruit. It is black and rather unobtrusive.
Is it OK to plant the black currant next to the red one? Any incompatibility because of potential decease (viruses)?
Irina P on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You are probably thinking about incompatibility of black raspberries with blackberries and raspberries. There is no issue between/among currant cultivars.
I was wondering if I would be able to get more black current plants if I just save berries for seed, or were these plants all started from cuttings?
carley c on Feb 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Currant bushes are very easy to propagate by cuttings. As simple as cutting 3-5??? of new growth, stripping most leaves, and sticking in soil for a few months until you can transplant outside in early autumn. For detailed instructions, just go on youtube. Easy!
Are these just one year plant? Do they come bare rooted?
User on Jun 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They are bare rooted, but they last for years. Mine are in their second year, about 3 feet tall, and branching out beautifully
Can these be planted in containers? Specifically half wine barrels?
Bee R on Dec 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely, and that is a perfect size in which to plant it. Make sure the barrel has a drainage hole in the bottom.
When do black currants ship?
Kaylee M on Oct 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It depends on the variety and if they are in stock. It also will depend on your zone and the best time for planting. I advise going to the product on our website and typing in your zip code, this will allow you to see the availability and the shipping time frame.
how long will the plants take to leaf out after planting?
Lucian S on May 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Typically it can take 4-6 weeks after planting to start seeing the plants and trees wake from dormancy and start to leaf out.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I purchased the Black Consort Currant in March 2020. Now it's prohibited from being sold in my state (Virginia), county, or municipality. Is it safe for me to grow the ones I've already purchased?
JILLIAN B on Apr 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. I would reach out to your county extension office as we do not know your states restrictions and regulations.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do the leaves of this plant smell like a blackcurrant tea?
yulyalu on Apr 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Oh yes. The smell is much better and stronger. You???ll love it.

Customer Reviews

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Black Consort Currant
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
over 7 years ago
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
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
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
over 5 years ago
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
over 6 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
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
over 5 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
over 5 years ago
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
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
over 6 years ago