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Dependable Shrub with Reliable Color

Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) is the shrub you need when you want a super-hardy, totally dependable, tough-as-nails, doesn’t care about the soil or light or air kind of shrub.

Whether you plant this as a specimen or better yet as a hedge, Alpine Currant will work for you.

Full sun? Great!

Lots of shade? Not a problem.

Clay soil? Who cares?

Urban street side? Doesn’t matter.

Heavy pruning? Bring it on!

Alpine currant is one tough cookie. It forms a thick shrub with branches all the way to ground level. In the fall it drops its leaves without much fanfare, and in the spring it greens up again in the blink of an eye.

Alpine Currant will occasionally set small currant-like fruit, but not consistently enough to consider it an asset. And they aren’t edible currants, so they taste pretty nasty to humans, but the birds go CRAZY for them should you get a crop.

Alpine Currant is a landscaper’s standby for a carefree shrub you can count on to provide reliable green color spring through fall and is a must-have for those landscape spots where you could use something simple and dependable.

* Very adaptable to a variety of conditions
* Shade tolerant
* Drought tolerant
* Urban tolerant
* Tolerant of a variety of soils
* Adaptable to pruning


Plant Facts

Family Ribes alpinum
Foliage Dense, Glossy Green
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 2-7
Mature Form Round
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color Yellowish, Green
Fall Color Green

Alpine Currant.

Rating: 4/5 based on 4 review(s)
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Hedge plant Review by Joe M
Living in a colder part of the country, I tried the Alpine Currant as a hedge. They have done very well with very little maintenance.
Dependable Review by Cassie
I planted a row of the alpine currants years ago and they do great even in my not so wonderful soil.
Alpine Currant Review by rox717
I have alpine currants and have had numerous problems each summer for 5 years! I love the bushes but am struggling whether to remove them or not! Last summer all of the leaves died and it was almost bare by mid-July. But, then it had some new buds by late summer and came back great this spring. It started to yellow/bronw again and I have tried everything to help it along. Nurseries said: too wet, too dry, too alkaline, gravel in the soil, electric trimmers gave it disease (?!?!?), etc. I have them planted in front of my patio and they are about 4' tall. I am worn out trying to keep them going when I don't really know what the problem is! Soil tested high PH which I have tried to treat, too. Suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!
Alpine Current Review by mulchlady
Appears to be a plant very adaptable to northern U S Climates. Review does not address Heat Zones that the plant will tolerate. The indication that it will grow in shade or sun makes it a plant to consider.

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