Plant Family / Ribes - Currants
Ribes is a large genus of deciduous or evergreen shrubs grown for their currants and gooseberries or their ornamental interest. The species grown for their edible fruits are the European gooseberry (R. uva-crispa), American gooseberry (R. hirtellum), black currant (R. nigrum), buffalo currant (R. odoratum), and common, or garden or red, currant (R. rubrum). The species of ornamental value include the alpine currant (R. alpinum); buffalo currant; fuchsia-flowered gooseberry (R. speciosum); golden, or clove, currant (R. aureum), bearing spicy-fragrant yellow flowers.
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 warming up to yellow in the fall.
Noted for its high fruit quality and high content of vitamin C, Ribes nigrum 'Ben Lomond' is a compact Black Currant for culinary or dessert use. This deciduous shrub produces clusters of pale green flowers in spring. It tolerates lower temperatures during bloom, making this cultivar a good choice for frosty sites.
Ribes nigrum 'Ben Sarek' is a compact Black Currant for culinary or dessert use. This deciduous shrub produces clusters of pale green flowers in spring. They are followed by a heavy crop of drooping clusters of large, edible, shiny black currants which ripen in early-mid summer. Rich in color, nutrients and flavor, the fruits can be eaten fresh from the shrub or can be used in sophisticated foods, drinks and desserts.
Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake' is a compact Red Currant for culinary or dessert use. This deciduous shrub produces clusters of pale green flowers in spring. They are followed by a heavy crop of long, drooping clusters of medium to large, edible, bright red currants which ripen in mid-summer.
Noted for its excellent fruit quality and high yields, Ribes rubrum 'Rovada' is a compact, deciduous shrub boasting clusters of pale green flowers in spring. They are followed by a bountiful crop of long, drooping clusters of large, edible, bright red currants which ripen in late summer.
Noted for its outstanding flavor and high yields, Ribes uva-crispa 'Hinnonmäki Röd' is a red gooseberry, for dessert or culinary. This small to medium, deciduous shrub enjoys a vigorous upright growth habit and boasts large, edible, dark red fruits which ripen in mid-summer.
Noted for its high yields, Ribes uva-crispa 'Pixwell' is a small, deciduous shrub that is vigorous and almost thornless. It boasts medium to large, tart, pink fruits which ripen in mid-summer. The gooseberries have a sweet flesh and contrasting tart skin. They are excellent for jam and desserts. This plant is self-fertile.