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Ribes sanguineum (American Current)

Ribes sanguineum (American Current)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Red Flowers (Spring), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Ribes sanguineum Description

This medium sized deciduous shrub produces masses of scented rose - red racemes in spring. However, its 'distinctive' scent is not appreciated by all. Post flowering this shrub produces black berries. Position at back of border.


Ribes sanguineum - Cultivation Notes

Ribes flourishes in all any fertile well drained soil - especially suitable for chalk, preferring a sunny aspect away from shade. A mulch in winter as well as pruning out old wood after flowering will help maintain shape and vigor.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Ribes sanguineum:

  • Scented blossom
  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Design & Plant Use for Ribes sanguineum:

  • Provides extended interest with blossom, berries and autumn colour
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Ribbes, Rebes, Rybies, Ribeas, Ribis, Ribbies, Rybes

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