Currant White Pearl
Zone: 3 to 7
Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Greenish-yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Hedge
Fruit: Showy, Edible
Best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers cool summer climates. Some part afternoon shade is appreciated. Best sited in locations protected from strong winter winds and frost pockets. Appreciates a good organic mulch for the root zone. Water regularly as needed to keep soils uniformly moist. Avoid overhead watering however. Plants are self-fertile. Space 3' apart. Prune as needed during the dormant season. It is generally recommended that stems older than 3 years on white currants be removed. May take 4-5 years for plants to become well-established and reach full fruit-bearing potential.
'White Pearl' is a white currant cultivar which is grown primarily for fruit production. It is a compact, mounding, deciduous shrub which grows 3-4' tall. Clusters of greenish-yellow flowers bloom in spring, and are noticeable but not particularly ornamental. Flowers give way to long, pendant clusters of translucent currants with a pink blush (color is not white). Fruit ripens in July. White currants may be eaten ripe off the shrub or harvested to make jams, jellies and pies.
No serious insect or disease problems. In wet, humid conditions, anthracnose, powdery mildew and fungal leaf spot can be troublesome.
Fruit or vegetable gardens. Can also make an attractive ornamental hedge in the landscape.
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