Ribes nigrum 'Ebony' (B)
This is a high yielding cultivar producing very large, juicy fruits from early July onwards. It is a particularly sweet blackcurrant that can be eaten straight from the bush when fully ripe and also used for all culinary purposes. Fairly compact bushy plants reach a height and spread of 1.20m (4ft). Shows good resistance to mildew. Blackcurrants are self-fertile and have clusters of insignificant yellow-green flowers in spring.
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Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Ribes can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes spiny, with simple, usually palmately lobed leaves and small tubular or bell-shaped, solitary or racemose flowers borne in spring or summer, followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries
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How to grow
Blackcurrants prefer a sunny site with well-drained but moisture-retentive soil, but will cope in most other soil conditions and tolerate light shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost and apply a general purpose fertiliser in spring. Please see our blackcurrant cultivation page for more growing tips.
Propagate by hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Edible fruit
Prune in winter, blackcurrants fruit best on younger wood so aim to remove up to one quarter of the oldest stems at ground level to encourage new growth from the base.
Generally disease free
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