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Ribes sanguineum
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Zones 7-9, 14-24
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Moderate, Minimal

Ribes speciosum

Fuchsia-flowered 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. 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

Native near coast,from central coast of Californiasouth to Baja California. Erectto 4–8 ft. tall, 6–10 ft. wide,with spiny, often bristly stems.Thick-textured, maplelike, 1-in.leaves are glossy dark greenabove, lighter beneath. Deepcrimson to cherry red flowers,borne winter to spring, aredrooping and fuchsia-like, withlong, protruding stamens.Gummy, bristly red berries.Excellent barrier. Needs no irrigation,but moderate waterkeeps it nearly evergreen insummer (it can also take regularmoisture). Partial shade inhottest climates.

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