Alphabetical Plant Listing

Ribes odoratum (Clove Currant)

Clove Currant, Buffalo Currant, Missouri Currant, Golden Currant, Ribes aureum, Ribes fragrans


Noted for its fragrant flowers, edible fruits and summer foliage, Ribes odoratum (Clove Currant) provides great ornamental value over a long season of interest. An excellent choice for early spring color, this deciduous shrub produces abundant, strongly clove-scented, trumpet-shaped golden yellow flowers on its upright but arching branches. They are followed by drooping clusters of large, edible, shiny black currants in summer. Tasty, the fruits can be eaten fresh from the shrub or used to make juices, jams, jellies, tarts and pies. The attractive foliage of ovate, 3-5 lobed, bluish-green leaves turns yellow in fall.

  • Somewhat loose and open, this flowering shrub grows with a rounded to irregular shape, up to 6-8 ft. tall and wide (180-240 cm). It may spread by root suckers to form clumps if the suckers are not removed.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in organically rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefers full sun but appreciates some shade in hot summer areas. Best flower and berry production occurs in full sun. Poor soils and drought tolerant. Consistent moisture is highly welcomed.
  • Drought tolerant once established, this plant is also clay soil tolerant. Attracting scores of butterflies and birds, it is however ignored by rabbits and deer.
  • Winner of the GreatPlants award, which is a joint effort between the Nebraska Nursery, Landscape Association and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The goal of this award is to identify superior ornamental landscape plants that meet the challenging growing conditions of the region.
  • Low maintenance, this plant may be affected by aphids, leaf spot, powdery mildews, honey fungus and coral spot. Ribes is a host for pine blister rust and, because of this, there is a ban on them in 15 states.
  • Perfect in shrub borders, woodland gardens, informal hedges or screens, wildlife gardens and near patios.
  • Prune in late winter to early spring if required. Remove damaged branches to rejuvenate and encourage more prolific fruiting.
  • Propagate by cuttings or seed.
  • Native to Minnesota and South Dakota south to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

Not sure which Ribes - Currants to pick?
Compare All Ribes - Currants

Buy Ribes odoratum (Clove Currant)

Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Ribes - Currants
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Southeast, Arkansas, Tennessee, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

Buy Plants

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Ribes - Currants

Guides with Ribes - Currants


Cat Naya, fotoilluvids, Shutterstock

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Ribes - Currants
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Southeast, Arkansas, Tennessee, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Ribes - Currants

Guides with Ribes - Currants

Plant Calculator

How many Ribes odoratum (Clove Currant) do I need for my garden?

%
ft
ft

Your Shopping List

Plant Quantity
Ribes odoratum (Clove Currant)

Find your Hardiness Zone

Find your Climate Zone

Find your Heat Zone

Join Gardenia.net

Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

Join now and start creating your dream garden!

Create a New Collection

Optional. For your reference.


Move Selected Plants to a Different Collection


Delete Collection

This field is required.