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Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum

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Ribes speciosum

Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry

Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries, Flowers


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 speciosum

Nearly evergreen shrub. Native near the coast, from the central coast of California south to Baja California. Erect growth to 4–8 ft. tall and 6–10 ft. wide, with spiny, often bristly stems. Thick-textured, maplelike, 1-in. leaves are glossy dark green above, lighter beneath. Deep crimson to cherry red flowers, borne winter to spring, are drooping and fuchsia-like, with long, protruding stamens. Gummy, bristly red berries. Excellent barrier. Needs no irrigation, but moderate water keeps it nearly evergreen in summer (it can also take regular moisture). Partial shade in hottest climates.

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