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Alpine Currant

Ribes alpinum

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Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) at Tagawa Gardens

Alpine Currant

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Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) at Tagawa Gardens

Alpine Currant in fall

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Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) at Tagawa Gardens

Alpine Currant foliage

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Description:

An excellent low to medium-sized hedge or screening plant, densely branched with leaves to the ground, takes pruning extremely well, tough and adaptable; small yellow flowers in spring, good fall color; can be susceptible to mildew

Ornamental Features

Alpine Currant has rich green deciduous foliage on a plant with a round habit of growth. The lobed leaves turn yellow in fall. It produces red berries from mid to late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Alpine Currant is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alpine Currant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Alpine Currant will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Orchard 
Applications
Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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