Lentaj Black Currant
Brought to the US from the former Soviet Union, Lentaj black currant is prized for its heavy crops of sweet, mildly tart berries. A great variety for first time growers, these jet-black berries are delicious eaten directly off this attractive, compact shrub.
Latin Name: Ribes nigrum
Site and Soil: Currants like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Currants are self-fertile.
Hardiness:Currants are hardy to minus 40F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3-5 ft. in height
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: July
Yield: 10-20 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Currants are not bothered by significant pest or disease problems in our region. White Pine Blister Rust can be a problem for Black Currants in certain eastern and Midwestern states. Check with your extension service for details.
USDA Zone: 3
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3, 1-6, 15-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 34-43