Alpine Currant

Ribes alpinum

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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


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Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

San Anselmo, California

Champaign, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Perry, Ohio

South Jordan, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 4, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This medium-sized shrub is easy to grow and is fairly commonly planted in the upper Midwest. It develops a light yellow autumn color that is fine. It has often been used as a sheared hedge or an unclipped hedge, but works as a natural-looking spreading shrub also. It can get overly twiggy and need natural style pruning to remove excess or dead twigs and stems. It is native to Europe. During wet spells it can suffer from some leaf spot or anthracnose disease. The male form is propagated because, unlike other currants and gooseberries, it does not host part of the life cycle of the dreaded White Pine Blister Rust Disease that can kill White Pine trees in the northern latitudes of WI, MN, MI, NY, and New England, and Canada.


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.


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.