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Ribes aureum

Golden Currant

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Spring explosion of yellow flowers, bejewelled berries mid-summer.

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  • Golden Spring Flower
  • Low Maintenance
  • Birds Love Berries
  • Mahogany Fall Color

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Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

Perky yellow brightens spring days when Golden Currant is in bloom with delicate, clove-scented, flowers in clusters. Watch for dangling berries like beaded sprays of amber and garnet in mid-summer. They are edible, and taste quitelike raspberries, though not as sweet. The leaves are yellow-green and leathery, having 3-lobes, prominent veins, and they color bronze-purple in the fall.

Common Names Golden Currant
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Meadows, streambanks, rocky banks, throughout western and central U.S.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun - Shade
Placement Forsythia stand-in, privacy screen, bird refuge, edible landscaping.
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 6 ft.
Group Spacing 5-10 ft.
Blossom Color Yellow
Blooms Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Wildlife Birds
Plants Symbol RIAU
Family Name Saxifragaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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