Buffalo Currant (Ribes odoratum) in the Currants and Gooseberries Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Tea
Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious

flowers and emerging foliage

March Plants for Honey BeesMarch Plants for Honey Bees
March 13, 2012

It's March, the month spring officially arrives according to the calendar. Mother Nature might have different plans, but plants are bursting forth with renewed growth and the cool weather plants are blooming, bringing joy to everyone. Honey bees have built up their numbers and are busy taking advantage of the bountiful supply of food.

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Location: Batavia, IllinoisDate: late April in 1997flowers and emerging foliage
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Location: In my garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, South Amana, IADate: 2009-04-29Semi-vining cultivar
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Location: Batavia, IllinoisDate: late April in 1997one backyard full-grown shrub
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Location: In my garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, South Amana, IADate: summer
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Location: In my garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, South Amana, IADate: 2010-04-24
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 8, 2012 3:14 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees. They also get honeydew from this plant.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 27, 2018 4:51 PM

I've only seen one large shrub that was in the backyard of a friend in northeast Illinois in the 1990's. Its biggest attraction is that the yellow flowers are very fragrant, smelling like cloves, thus the name. The rounded black berries are loved by birds and good for humans to eat. It has a densely fibrous shallow root system that suckers some. Its native range is mostly out in the west of the USA from southwest Canada to Arizona & New Mexico, then areas of the Great Plains, then northern Arkansas to southwest Michigan to western Wisconsin to spots in Iowa. It can contract the White Pine Blister Rust that does not really damage this plant, but does damage the Eastern White Pine, the alternate host, so it should not be used in northern or central Wisconsin or Minnesota or similar northern areas where the rust fungus will damage White Pines. Farther south the fungus is not a problem.

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