White Currant

Discussion in 'Woody Plants' started by Unregistered, May 8, 2002.

  1. We bought a white currant bush from UBC from their mother's day sale 3 years ago. We are training it as a tree. This year, like last year, the tree had a lot of flowers, which is just finishing flowering now. But no sign of any currants.

    Can anyone tell if it is only a flowering currant or are we doing something wrong, or the tree needs certain supplements, or a companion?

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi - thanks for visiting the forums.

    You're not doing anything wrong with the plant - Ribes sanguineum 'White Icicle' (a UBC Plant Introduction) does not bear fruit. The plant is purely ornamental.

    For other people interested, here's a picture of a flowering branch:
     

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    Hi Daniel,
    I have read a few descriptions where it is stated that this Ribes does produce fruit , although the bush is acquired mainly for the ornamental value.
    What do you think please about those statements? Are folk just confusing the varieties?
    thanks

    Caro
     
  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi,

    I'd be interested to see the references, if you could dig them up. Or point me to the publications...

    There are other white-flowered varieties available, so it is possible there is some confusion.

    Daniel
     
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    Hi Daniel , not read in a publication of a book ,
    it is a website or two where I have read that .

    Are you still interested in having the URLS?

    cheers ,
    Caro
     
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    Why is 'White Icicle' sterile?
     
  7. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Sure, let's see the URLs.

    Ron - I'm not sure. I recall that my answer a couple years ago was based on asking someone else at the garden about the plant. From the literature I have on hand, no fruit is mentioned, but I'd like to drag up some written reference from the garden's plant introduction archives to double-check. I know I've not observed any fruits on the plants near my residence nor in the garden's collections.
     
  8. mr.shep

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    Hi Daniel:

    I am confused on this one also. I've
    seen berries before but now I am not
    sure what I've seen in Oregon is the
    right plant if yours does not produce
    any fruit. I was hoping Saratoga
    Horticultural Foundation would give
    some more information than they do
    on their web site. I know they are
    growing this Currant. Guess I'll have
    to stop by there and see them the next
    time I am passing through the area.

    Below is a URL showing the berries.

    http://www.paghat.com/berries1a.html

    This below is from California Flora Nursery:

    "This selection of flowering currant is from the
    University of British Columbia Botanic Garden.
    Flowers in early spring are pure white on long
    racemes. Foliage is bright green. Compact habit,
    6 ft. - 8 ft. tall. Light shade in hot regions with
    occasional summer water. Berries attract many
    birds including grosbeak and mockingbirds."


    Jim
     
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    Finally getting back to you re: ribes W. I.

    Hi Daniel,
    I thought I would get back here sooner .
    Here are the Urls I had listed for myself as mentioning this variety "White Icicle " having berries.

    It really is a beauty in flower !

    http://www.paghat.com/whitecurrant.html

    http://www.paghat.com/berries1a.html

    http://www.joycreek.com/526-017D4.htm

    http://www.homeandgardenjournal.com/issues/2002-09-sep/great plant picks.html

    lumpd in with all ribes:

    http://www.npr.org/programs/talkingplants/profiles/ribessanguineum.html

    http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/risa.htm

    Hope you can settle the issue. Perhaps the berries were just not important with this being of ornamental value , and so it was overlooked in a description?

    TTFN,

    Caro (BC)
     
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  10. I was just wondering if this issue had been resolved. Is the lack of fruit related to the presence of a suitable pollinator?
     

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