This small, elongated berry, lightly sweet and acidulous is said to have many medicinal properties. The shrub can reach up to 3 metres in height and grows in any type of soil, preferably alkaline and rich in organic matter. It is very hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as -20 °C in Zone 3. In early summer, small purple and white star-shaped flowers bloom, and give way to berries in September, which ripen in October. Flowering occurs between June and September. It takes 2 years to yield small harvest, and 4 years for good harvests. The plants require supports.
This super berry, bright red in colour, is juicy and sweet when eaten fresh, or can be dried or frozen like all other varieties. Berries ripen in mid-September. The plant thrives in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Mid-season, self-pollinizing, productive plant that can withstand cold temperatures, Zone 3, and drought. It may take an extra year before yielding full harvests.