Currants of all colours (black, red, and white) are hardy, tough, and tolerant of most conditions. And, although blackcurrants prefer a more fertile soil and higher sunshine levels than white or red currants - that does mean that the whites can be grown in semi-shade, yet still ripen quite successfully!

Redcurrants (Ribes rubrum) by contrast are sharp in flavour and most used for savoury accompaniments. They bear most of their fruit on old wood, and pruning is more typically carried out in late spring or early summer to shorten back to two buds and keep the bush compact. 

Redcurrant

<p><span>Currants of all colours (black, red, and white) are hardy, tough, and tolerant of most conditions. And, although blackcurrants prefer a more fertile soil and higher sunshine levels than white or red currants - that does mean that the whites can be grown in semi-shade, yet still ripen quite successfully!</span></p> <p><span><span>Redcurrants (Ribes rubrum) by contrast are sharp in flavour and most used for savoury accompaniments. They bear most of their fruit on old wood, and pruning is more typically carried out in late spring or early summer to shorten back to two buds and keep the bush compact.&nbsp;</span></span></p>