Alpine Currant
Ribes alpinum

Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes (RYE-bees) (Info)
Species: alpinum (AL-pin-um) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

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

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

San Anselmo, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 27, 2007, cgoodwin from Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada wrote:

Alpine current is a tough hedge plant. It takes snow being piled up on it all winter, and salt as well. Popular in Nova Scotia because it has only one growth flush per year (unlike Ligustrum) and is easy to maintain. Left unpruned it doesn't get too large.

Neutral

On Aug 23, 2007, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

For this plant to set berries two plants are needed; a male and female plant. The males are easy to find, the females are very hard to find. ( If you know where to get one; I would like to know!)
Therefor only a neutral rating.