Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) in the Currants and Gooseberries Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Other
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Plant Spread: 3-5 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Flies
Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious

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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 23, 2019 11:04 AM

This European species of currant has been somewhat commonly planted in the Chicago, Illinois region; offered by a good number of conventional nurseries. It is a plain, reliable species of shrub that is often used for lower hedges, sheared or not sheared, or a group of lower shrubs. It is mostly used by landscape designers rather than the general public. In the nursery trade, it is really the male clones that are used and I have never seen any female clones that might produce some red berries. The biggest reason for this is that currants and gooseberries (Ribes) are the alternate host for the White Pine Blister Rust Disease that is a destructive fungus disease on the Eastern White Pine in more northern latitudes as northern Wisconsin & Minnesota & Michigan, New England, and southeast Canada. The male form of Alpine Currant is not a host to this disease.

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