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Ribes sanguineum (Red Flowering Currant)

Redflower Currant, Blood Currant, Pink-flowered Currant, Red Flowering Currant, Ribes glutinosum, Coreosma sanguinea, Calobotrya sanguinea


Ribes sanguineum (Red Flowering Currant) is a medium-sized, bushy deciduous shrub noted for its abundant showy flowers and fall berries. In early to mid spring, drooping clusters of 10-30 small, pink to deep red flowers occur along the length of the stems. They literally smother the shrub and create a great floral display. They are followed by small blue-black berries covered with a thin white waxy coating, holding about 20 seeds each. Although very tart, the berries are suitable for jam, jelly, pie, juice or syrup. The attractive foliage of rounded, 3-5 lobed, dark green leaves turns shades of yellow and red in fall. The leaves release a strong resinous scent when crushed. The thin orange or red tinted bark turns gray-brown and peels from older stems. Native to western coastal North America, Red Flowering Currant is commonly found in open woods, forest gaps, dry rocky slopes and disturbed sites from sea level up to 6,000 ft. It is attractive as a landscape specimen or informal hedge. It is also useful in restoration plantings and perfect for wildlife gardens. Red Flowering Currant provides early spring nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies, forage many species of moths and butterflies, and nesting sites or cover for songbirds and small mammals. Numerous birds and small mammals consume the berries.

  • Grows up to 5-12 ft. tall and wide (150-360 cm). Red Flowering Currant spreads slowly by seed, root sprouting and layering.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moderately fertile, dry to moist, well-drained soils.
  • Provide supplemental water during the first and perhaps second season but allow soil to dry 3-4 in. down (7-10 cm) between irrigations and do not provide water after mid to late summer when leaves naturally begin to fall. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfect for informal hedges or screens, wildlife gardens.
  • Red Flowering Currant is fairly resistant to most insect and disease pests of this genus including aphids and currant fruit fly. Keep an eye out for currant borer and oak root fungus. Deer resistant
  • Prune immediately after flowering to promote vigorous growth suitable for future flower bearing.
  • Propagate by seed, cuttings or layering.
  • Native to Bristish Columbia, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ribes - Currants
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 5' – 12' (150cm – 3.6m)
Spread 5' – 12' (150cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 60" – 144" (150cm – 360cm)
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 Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ribes - Currants
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 5' – 12' (150cm – 3.6m)
Spread 5' – 12' (150cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 60" – 144" (150cm – 360cm)
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 Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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