I think you may be able to find some currants that are free of the disease. If not, you'd better check with the state before you plant any, as it's illegal in some states to plant gooseberries or currants within a certain distance of white pines (I don't know if any other pines are affected).
I believe currants are a host for pine blister or whatever its called? i dunno if i should plant it cause i like and have some big healthy pines. anyone know what the real risk is?
Mekka Pakanohida wrote:
Does the pacific northwest currants & conifers know this? Currants are a major berry food for native animals in the pacific Northwest surrounded by pines, and other acid loving things like thimbleberry, salmonberry, crowberry, salal aka laughing berry, and more.
Mori no Niwa wrote:I've planted a few blackcurrants in recent years, mostly 'Riverview' and 'Consort.' This is the first year any have fruited (Consort, I think), and the flavor of the ones I have tried so far is really bizarre—I would liken it to pine tar mixed with an essence of a raw green bell pepper.