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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. 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

To 5–12 ft. tall and wide,with maplelike, dark green,2 1/2-in.-wide leaves. In spring, produces drooping, 2–4-in.-long clusters of 10–30 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 15–40.

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