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Ribes nigrum 'Ebony' (B)
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blackcurrant 'Ebony'

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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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Green
Summer Green Black
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Grossulariaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Edible fruit
Pruning

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.

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, blackcurrant gall midge and blackcurrant big bud mite

Diseases

Generally disease free

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