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Golden currant

Ribes aureum


The golden currant is a medium to large size deciduous shrub, developing both upright and arching branches, 4-6 ft. tall, 3-7 ft. wide. Thin light green leaves grow 1-2 in. wide and have 3 major lobes. Bright golden-yellow flowers hang in small clusters in early spring; colorful yellow to orange and black berries mature in late spring to early summer and attract birds.

Golden currant is a very widespread species native to several western states and British Columbia where it grows in many habitats and climate zones. It is a colorful flowering accent plants that is often used with other California natives to achieve habitat and wildlife gardens. It is adapted to many types of soil, sun to partial shade, and with low amounts of summer water. It is well suited for growing on banks and in background areas.

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Drought deciduous, Winter deciduous
Habit: Upright, Mounding, Arching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Light green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Frost, Fog, Drought, Cold hardy, All day sun
Function: Raised planters, Parks and open space, Hummingbird plant, Foundations, Flowering accent plant, Espalier, Attracts butterflies, Banks, Background plant, Wildlife value, Specimen, Screening, Residential spaces
Height: 4 ft. – 6 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 7 ft.

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