Ribes nigrum: 3-5’ high x 3-5’ wide / full sun to part shade / zone 4
A great berry for jams, jellies and pies, some people also like to eat them raw. They lend a wonderful tangy flavour to preserves of all sorts, and are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Some pruning is required for maximum yields, but left to itself it will still give good amounts of berries. They can be dried for winter.
‘Ben Conan’ – A natural dwarf, growing to 3′ high, producing masses of large, black berries that make a delicious jam.
‘Ben Sarek’ – Introduced from Scotland, this hardy shrub produces large crops of big, juicy berries on a 4′ bush.
‘Ojebyn’ – A vigorous producer of large black berries, this is a popular shrub for commercial plantations.
‘Titania’ – Large, juicy berries with rich, mild flavour. One of the most popular varieties for commercial production.