Primus White Currant
Primus White Currant is a stunning fruiting hedge that produces heavy crops of incredibly sweet berries that are high in vitamin C. It is cold hardy to zone 3.
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.
Latin Name: Ribes rubrum
Site and Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained soil with full to partial sun.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 3-6 ft. in height and width
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: June- July
Pests & Diseases: Primus is fairly resistant to most insect and fungal pests of the genus Ribes. White Pine Blister Rust can be a problem for Black Currant in Certain Midwestern states. Other Currant species are not bothered by this disease. Check with your local university extension service for details.
USDA Zone: 3-8