Flowering Red Currant and Pine Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Fox Island, WA
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Question by equistor2
October 19, 2006

We have planted a flowering red currant bush in our garden. Now, I want to buy a conifer to plant near that area as well.

Are all pine trees affected by the disease carried by the red currant, or only the white pines?

Or, should I be safe and purchase another type of conifer to plant in that area.

Again, thank you for the help I've received from the experts at this site.

Mary Quistorff

Answer from NGA
October 19, 2006
Black currants and gooseberries serve as stronger hosts, but Red currant can also play host to white pine blister rust which affects 5-needled pines. You can plant Jeffrey Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Shore Pine, Loblolly Pine, Jack Pine, Scotch Pine, or any number of 2 or 3 needled pines in the vicinity of your red currant without concern about white pine blister rust.

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