The planting of black currants (Ribes nigrum) is currently prohibited in Massachusetts under 330 CMR 9.00: Plant Quarantines, due to the ability of this species to spread white pine blister rust, a fungus that threatens stands of white pine trees. Red currants and gooseberries (Ribes spp.) are allowed to be planted in some municipalities, provided the grower first applies for and receives a permit from the Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources.
Before applying for a permit to plant red currants or gooseberries, please check the regulation below, and verify that your town/city is NOT on the list of municipalities. If it is not, you can contact a Plant Inspector using the link under Additional Resources at the bottom of this page.