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Redflower Currant, Flowering Currant, Winter Currant
Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII'

Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes (RYE-bees) (Info)
Species: sanguineum (san-GWIN-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: King Edward VII

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Bronze-Green

Aromatic

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Macminnville, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Concrete, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 9, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Grown for its showy flowers in tulip season, this has the most deeply colored flowers of any cultivar, a deep brilliant fuchsia red. The bluish fruit is edible but insipid and best used to feed the birds, who wait till nothing tastier is available.

Grown as a upright suckering shrub it reaches 5-8' tall and 2/3 as wide. It can be pruned as a tree form, and can (rarely) reach 12', but is generally more attractive as a shrub.

Generally considered hardy only to Z6.

Native to western coastal N. America from mid-BC to mid-California. This is an alternative host to white pine blister rust, a devastating disease of the commercially important white pine. Some eastern states prohibit its planting. Spores travel on the wind and can infect pines as far as ... read more

Positive

On Mar 8, 2015, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I love this little tree form shrub. I just planted it last year in an unforgiving spot in full sun with only occasional watering. I did start out watering it more when I first planted but it's 200 feet away from the water source and as the summer wore on and on, I watered less and less. It never did look too perky last year, but neither did the ones in the nursery. This year after a mild but very wet winter it is looking great with nice clusters of flowers. I also planted a beautiful bush type that has pale pink flowers in the same exposed island. That one took off right from the get-go and is full of flower buds this spring. This bush/small tree can handle stressful situations and a little neglect and survive. I also like that the tree form only gets to 15 feet and keeps a narrow ... read more

Positive

On May 13, 2008, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted this shrub last spring. We had a terrible drought last summer which killed many young shrubs. This is planted in a sunny dry spot that gets lots of wind. The blooms this spring were just gorgeous. They were an electric neon deep fushia and really stood out against the dark green needles of the neighboring spruce.