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Ribes alpinum (Alpine Currant)

Ribes alpinum, Alpine Currant, Mountain Currant, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries

Extremely winter hardy, Ribes alpinum (Alpine Currant) is a compact, mound-forming, deciduous shrub with bright green, trilobed leaves in spring. Emerging early, the foliage changes to dark green in summer with an attractive gloss on the leaf uppersides before turning yellow in the fall. The flowers are greenish-yellow but ornamentally insignificant. This plant is dioecious (separate male and female plants). Scarlet juicy berries appear in midsummer on female plants. Perfect for formal or informal hedges since the foliage covers the plant to the ground. It responds well to heavy pruning or shearing.

  • Grows with an upright oval habit when young, spreading with age. Can reach up to 3-6 ft. in height and spread (90-180 cm).
  • A full sun or full shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Performs best in full sun in moist, well-drained soils but is adaptable to dry soils, drought, or full shade.
  • Perfect for shrub borders or hedges.
  • Attractive to birds and butterflies, but deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious insect or disease problems, but watch for anthracnose and leaf spots in wet, humid conditions.
  • Prune whenever required.
  • Propagate by rooted stem cuttings.
  • Native from Northern Europe to Russia.

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 7
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 10, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Grossulariaceae
Genus Ribes
Common names Mountain Currant, Currant, Alpine Currant
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 6'
(90cm - 180cm)
Spread 3' - 6'
(90cm - 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Modern Garden, Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Formal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Ribes californicum (California Gooseberry)
Ribes cereum (Wax Currant)
Ribes sanguineum (Red Flowering Currant)
Ribes nigrum ‘Ben Sarek’ (Black Currant)
Ribes nigrum ‘Ben Lomond’ (Black Currant)
Ribes rubrum ‘Red Lake’ (Red Currant)

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Lunaria annua (Honesty)
Astrantia major ‘Roma’ (Great Masterwort)
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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 7
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 10, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Grossulariaceae
Genus Ribes
Common names Mountain Currant, Currant, Alpine Currant
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 6'
(90cm - 180cm)
Spread 3' - 6'
(90cm - 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Modern Garden, Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Formal Garden
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