Common Name: red imperial current
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.
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