'Fruit River' Black Currant
Fruit River was selected by using seedlings and hybrids grown from 'Riverview' of the American types and hybrids within that group to aid in pollination and for creating larger fruit size and fuller clusters of fruit. This species seems to be a favorite of bumblebees and has no signs of rust or insect problems. (With maybe a minor aphid problems in some years.) The plants are shade tolerant and can fruit even into 50 percent shade. All of our plants are grown from seed so there is little chance of continually spreading viral diseases too. The flavor is like no other currant being both strong yet raisin like in flavor with little astrigency. This is our first generation of this highly benefiicial fruit plant rich in antioxidants and minerals. The state of New York has now allowed growers to produce the fruit once again for specialty markets by removing the rather entrenched and scientifically outdated 1920's Ribes legislation that prohibited their use before. It is also being used successfully as a shade tolerant agroforestry project throughout Illinois and Missouri. Because our plants are not a cultivar and have not been tested outside of our farm, it is not allowed into the following states: ME,NH,NJ,CT,VT, northern Michigan.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Ribes x americanumSeed Source:
Self fertile but best to plant two.Soil:
Sandy loam to loam. Not particular. Slightly acidic otherwise chlorosis is an issue.Climate:
Does better in the northern Zone 3-6.Ease of Cultivation:
One of the easiest shrubs to grow and fruit in 2-3 years.Shade tolerant .