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Ribes rubrum

Ribes rubrum
New foliage delights with delicate purple-and-green effects in April. This is a second-year plant
American red currant
Berries at last!
Ribes rubrum

Common name American red currant
Family grossulariaceae
Life cycle shrub
Size 6' tall by 3' wide
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Hardy shrub sometimes grown for its edible berries. For many years since growing this from seed, I enjoyed the foliage, but never saw any berries. Then one year, I found some in mid-June, along with evidence that more berries had been present, presumably consumed by birds. The flowers, shown at right in early May, are nice in an understated way.

American red currant
Newest growth in early April, primarily emerging from soil level
Ribes rubrum
Bountiful buds about to burst
American red currant
Looking like a picture of health in late June

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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