Heros Red Currant
An early producer, Heros boasts exceptionally large, bright red berries that are sweet-tart in flavor.
A favorite fruit for many people around the world, most of us Americans have not had the opportunity to taste these delicious berries. Beautiful additions to your yard or landscape, these upright growing shrubs are attractive in bloom and a striking sight when fruiting, with large clusters of pink, red, white or black berries cascading down the heavily laden branches. Currants are rich in antioxidants and have a much higher vitamin C content than oranges. Plant one of each color!
Latin Name: Ribes grossularia
Site and Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained soil with full to partial sun.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 40° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 4-6 ft. in height and 2-5 ft. in width
Bloom Time: April-May
Ripening Time: July
Fruit Color: Red
Pests & Diseases: Heros is fairly resistant to most insect and fungal pests of the genus Ribes.
USDA Zone: 3-8