Pink Winter Currant, Red Flowering Currant
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.
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.
Deciduous shrub. Native to Coast Ranges from California to British Columbia. Grows to 5–12 ft. t...
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Native along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Northern California. Grows fairly quickly to 20–35...