Blooms of the golden currant are enjoyed by native bumble bees.
Photo by Aung, public domain

Golden Currant

Ribes aureum


ZONE HARDINESS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
SPACE REQUIREMENTS
- - -
HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS
- - -
SUN REQUIREMENTS
1 50 100

Deciduous shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers in late spring, followed by purple fruits in summer. Leaves color to a lovely reddish-purple in fall. An Idaho native plant, it is most often found near stream banks, as well as grasslands and woodlands. The fruits provide a valuable food source for birds and small mammals. Drought tolerant once established.

Does best in rocky or sandy soils.

Firewise recommends these currants:

Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

'Crandall' Clove-scented Currant (Ribes odoratum)

Redflower Currant (Ribes sanguineum)

This plant has a fire-resistance score of 6, meaning it should be planted 50 feet or greater from your home. Idaho Firewise: http://idahofirewise.org/


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PLANT DETAILS


NAME
Golden Currant, Buffalo currant, Clove currant, Spicebush
TYPE
Shrub
HEIGHT
4-10 feet
SPACING
4-8 feet

ZONE HARDINESS
4-8

SUN REQUIREMENTS
Part sun to full sun

ΒLOOM TIME
Late Spring