Ribes sanguineum, Red Flowering Currant

Ribes sanguineum, Red Flowering Currant

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Red Flowering Currant

A California native shrub that reaches a height of thirteen feet tall by seven feet wide.  The dark bark is brown gray with green leaves.  Fragrant pink flowers bloom in the spring through winter.  Purple fruit is edible and the birds really enjoy them.  Deciduous in winter.   It is best to prune after flowering, the plant can be pruned at any time during the year as well.

Plant with: Maples (Acer sp.), Alders (Alnus sp.), Giant Chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla), Ash (Fraxinus sp.), Coast Silktassel (Garry elliptica), Pines (Pinus sp.), Cottonwood (Populus sp.), Oaks (Quercus sp.), and Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica)

- Part shade

- Great companion plant under evergreen oaks

- Attracts hummingbirds, birds, butterflies, and bees

- Deer resistant

- Hardy up to 5 degrees