This is considered one of the best white flowering currants, bearing long-lasting, pendent racemes of pungently spicy, pure-white blooms. Its yellow autumn leaves fall to expose mahogany stems in winter, which later make a striking contrast to chartreuse flower buds in spring. It grows to about 10 feet high and wide.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFragrant white flowers; yellow fall color; mahogany stems in winter.
CareGrow in reasonably fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. After flowering, cut back shoots to strong buds, and remove one-third to one-fifth of old shoots at the base.
PropagationTake hardwood cuttings in winter.
ProblemsRibes is a host for pine blister rust, and because of this there is a ban on them in some states. Caterpillars, aphids, scale, dieback, downy mildew, anthracnose, rust, powdery mildew, white heart rot, Septoria leaf spot.
- Genus : Ribes
- Zones : 5, 6, 7
- Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
- Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Self Seeds, Showy Fruit
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Bloom Time : Spring
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Flower Color : White