White Imperial Currant Plant

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About White Imperial Currant Plants

An old time favorite, introduced in 1895, the White Imperial Currant is a must-have for edible landscapes! This is a deciduous shrub that is native to western North America. It is a member of the gooseberry family and is known for its clusters of white flowers and its edible berries.

The White Imperial currant plant grows to a height of about 4-6 feet and has a spreading habit. It has green leaves that are about 3 inches long and have a glossy appearance. In spring, the plant produces clusters of small, white flowers that have a sweet fragrance. These flowers are followed by small, round berries that are initially green, but turn a beautiful, translucent white with pink blush.

In addition to its ornamental value, the fruit is loved by home cooks. Imperial has the richest and sweetest flavor of all currants. The berries that ripen in July can be used in jams, jellies, and pies, and the leaves can be used as a natural dye. Currants are rich in antioxidants and have a much higher vitamin C content than oranges. The plant is also attractive to birds and other wildlife, making it a valuable addition to a wildlife garden.

How to Grow White Imperial Currants

The White Imperial currant is a hardy plant and can tolerate a wide range of soil types and conditions. It prefers partial shade to full sun and requires regular watering. It is drought-tolerant once it is established. The plant is also resistant to pests and diseases and is easy to grow. This plant is similar to red currants in terms of size and hardiness.

Overall, the White Imperial currant is a beautiful and versatile plant that is well-suited for a variety of garden settings. It is easy to grow and care for and provides both ornamental and practical benefits.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color White
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 3 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

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

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 5 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


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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