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Red Currant - Red Lake (Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake')

Red Currant - Red Lake (Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake')

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The Red Lake Red Currant is a cultivar of Ribes rubrum, distinguished by its prolific production of bright red berries. This deciduous shrub typically reaches a mature size of 3 to 5 feet in both height and spread. It is hardy in zones 3 to 7, making it well-suited for a range of Canadian climates.

For optimal growth, the Red Lake Red Currant prefers well-drained, moderately fertile soil. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade, where it may produce fewer fruits. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry periods, to maintain consistent soil moisture.

The Red Lake Red Currant is notable for its historical and cultural significance. Developed in the early 20th century, this cultivar was bred for its large, flavorful berries and good disease resistance. It quickly became popular in home gardens and commercial production. The fruit ripens in mid-summer, typically in July, and is known for its tart flavor, making it ideal for jams, jellies, and other preserves.

The origin of the 'Red Lake' cultivar traces back to the breeding programs in the United States, particularly focusing on improving the quality and hardiness of red currants. This variety is appreciated not only for its fruit but also for its ornamental value, with bright green leaves and striking red berries that add color and interest to gardens.

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