European Black Currant in Southern California

Some of you know how jealous I am of black currants in northern climates - it must have something to do with the Hungarian side of the family! Well a little over two years ago I was looking for mulberries on the Burnt Ridge Nursery site ( and saw their offerings of currants. Of course I couldn’t resist and added 2 Titania Black to my order.

So far I’m just getting a few berries per year but they are exactly the taste I desired. I’ve planted one adjacent to our blueberries so it could have the acidified irrigation water. The other is still potted. Both are existing under protest! They send up canes at seemingly arbitrary times which sometimes develop leaf buds that do not open for months and other times put out leaves without hesitation.