IMPERIAL RED CURRENT - RIBES RUBRUM

imperial red current fruits

Common Name: red imperial current

Scientific Name: 
Family: 
Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: rubrum

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 7
Height: 3 to 5 ft 
Width: 3 to 5 ft

Description:​ Ribes rubrum is a woody perenial shrub native to Europe. It prefers part shade to full sun in well-drained soils with medium moisture. Clusters of 8 to 20 creamy-white flowers bloom from April to May. The heart-shaped leaves are 1-4 inches long with coarsely serrated margins. 

Red imperial current are self fertilizing plants that provide tasty fruit. The fruit is tart and is more often used for baked goods, jams, and jellies than for fresh eating. Prune off stems 3 years or older in the dormant season. Ribes should not be planted near eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) where white pine blister rust is prevelant. 

imperial red current foliage
imperial red current bark
imperial red current leaf
imperial red current form
imperial red current fruits
Red Imperial current fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

Accessed online. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.as.... 28 June 2019

Accessed online. https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/shrub/garden-red-currant. 1 July 2019