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Ribes sanguineum
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Zones A3, 4-9, 14-24, 32, 34
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Ribes sanguineum

Pink Winter Currant, Red Flowering Currant
Grossulariaceae (Saxifragaceae)
Deciduous, Shrubs

RIBES

Those without spines are called currants; those with spines are known as gooseberries. The following species are grown ornamentally; see Currant and Gooseberry entries for strictly fruiting types. Members of this genus are alternate hosts to white pine blister rust and are still banned in a few areas where white pines grow.

Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum

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Ribes sanguineum

Deciduous shrub. Native to Coast Ranges from California to British Columbia. Grows to 5–12 ft. tall and wide, with maplelike, dark green leaves. In spring, produces drooping, 2–4-in.-long clusters of 10 to 30 small deep pink to red flowers. Blue-black fruit has a whitish bloom. Most commonly sold is R. s. glutinosum (more southerly in origin than the species); its blossoms are typically deep or pale pink, carried in clusters of 15 to 40. ‘Barrie Coate’, ‘Elk River Red’, ‘King Edward VII’, and ‘Pulborough Scarlet’ are red-flowering selections. Pink varieties include ‘Brocklebankii’, with gold foliage; ‘Claremont’, with two-tone blossoms aging to red; ‘Poky’s Pink’; and ‘Spring Showers’, with 8-in. flower clusters. ‘Album’ and ‘White Icicle’ are good white varieties. Little to moderate water.

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