Buffalo currant

Ribes odoratum

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Buffalo currant (Ribes odoratum)
RY-beez oh-dor-AY-tum
Synonyms:  R. aureum
Genus:  Ribes
In spring, this North American native shrub produces clove-scented, lemon-yellow flowers, which are followed by black edible fruits. It has attractive leaves, and grows 6 feet high and wide.
Care:  Grow 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. 
Propagation:  Take hardwood cuttings in winter.
Problems:  Ribes 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.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge,
Naturalizing,
Screening
Style
Formal Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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