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Ribes malvaceum

Chaparral Currant

Deciduous, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries, Flowers

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 malvaceum

Deciduous shrub. Native to slopes in California’s Coast Ranges. Grows to 5 ft. tall and wide, with hairy, roundish dull green leaves and short clusters of fragrant pink flowers throughout fall and winter. Red fruit. Needs no irrigation, but give it moderate water if you don’t want it to go dormant in summer.

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