This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
The bush is a vigorous grower, with an erect habit in the shoots, which are quite a foot longer than those of Red Dutch, to which it otherwise bears a close resemblance in the foliage and abundant bearing. Leaves, small, pale green, rather deeply sinuated and somewhat cockled.
Bunches, long, produced in clusters; but the berries are not so large as those of Red Dutch.
Bush, of dwarf habit, with shoots like those of Red Dutch, having the same vigorous growth, but the plant is more bushy. The leaves dark green, glaucous, and frequently with a delicate white-laced margin. A valuable currant.
Bunches, produced in immense numbers, about three inches long. Berries, as large or larger than those of Black Naples, and nearly uniform in size throughout. Skin, quite black. Flesh, tender, sweet, and very richly flavoured.
This is by far the best of all the Black Currants. It is a great bearer, and the fruit does not drop so readily as that of the other varieties.
Bunches, very long, sometimes measuring six inches and a half. Berries, large, and of a deep red colour. A decided improvement on Red Dutch, and differs also in being somewhat later. It is not unlike Raby Castle.
Bunches, long. Berries, small, pale red.
Bush, of vigorous growth, with tall, slender, very pale shoots. Leaves, shaped like those of the Mallow, large, very pale, soft and downy.
This is a very distinct, strong-growing, late variety.
This is not so large as Black Naples, but considerably better in every respect than the Common Black.
The bush is hardier than that of Black Naples.
Orangefield. See Houghton Castle. Palmer's Red. See Knight's Large Bed. Pitmaston Prolific. See Knight's Large Bed.
Pitmaston Red. See Knight's Large Red. Pheasant's Eye. See Champagne. Queen Victoria. See Red Dutch.
Bunches, very long, more so than those of Red Dutch. Berries, larger, brighter red, and rather more acid.
The bush has a rapid and unusually tall habit of growth. Shoots, reddish brown. Leaves, shining above, dark bluish green, very rugose, and darker than those of any other variety. Flowers tinged with red.
This is a valuable currant; the fruit ripens later, and hangs longer than that of any other variety; but it is not an abundant bearer, and on account of its strong, vigorous growth, Mr. Barron recommends it as very suitable for growing as standards or large bushes.
Bunches from two to three inches long. Berries, large, deep red, with a subdued acidity.
Bush, dwarf, moderately robust. Shoots, pale ashy grey, tinged with brown; brittle at the joints, and in consequence frequently blown off by the wind. Leaves, glaucous when young.
A remarkably fine currant, of dwarf, vigorous habit, and an excellent bearer.
Red Cherry. See Cherry. Red Grape. See Red Dutch.
This is the common Red Currant, with variegated leaves.
A dwarf form of Raby Castle, and an equally bad bearer.
Victoria. See Gondouin.
White Crystal. See White Dutch.
The bunches and berries are of the same size as the Red Dutch; but the berries are yellowish white, and the skin somewhat transparent. The fruit is very much sweeter, and more agreeable to eat, than the Red variety. It is, therefore, preferred in the dessert and for wine-making.
White Grape. See White Dutch. White Leghorn. See White Dutch,
Bunches, medium sized. Berries, large, white. Bush, upright in growth. Leaves, large and flat. A good bearer.
Wilmot's Long-bunched Red. See Long-hunched Red.
Those marked with an asterisk * are for small gardens.
*Black Champion Black Naples *Lee's Prolific Black
Knight's Large Red *Raby Castle *Red Dutch