Alpine Currant Bush

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When it comes to tenacity, the Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) is strong and nearly impossible to kill. The Alpine Currant features dense branches from roots to tip that are completely cloaked by small leaves in medium green.

Of course, you get more than just a green shrub when you invest in the Alpine Currant. The textured foliage is accented by cute yellow clusters of small blooms that the pollinators adore, even if you won't really notice them.

One of the earlier deciduous shrubs to leaf out with serrated and lobed leaves that are bright and refreshing first thing in the spring. The bright green leaves age to a darker shiny green. Fall color can be yellow but it is not typical for this plant.

Songbirds appreciate the red berries that female plants produce, but because these plants are dioecious, you will want to plant multiples to ensure you have a male pollinator and fruit-producing female plants.

Our expert growers try to propagate male plants as they exhibit some rust resistance in the landscape. The dense branching is also wonderful nesting and cover for local birds.

Planting and Application:

This medium-green shrub makes for a lovely backdrop planting, an easily manageable natural hedge or a low-growing screen that offers touches of interest throughout the year! Alpine Currants make a safe and sound choice for an attractive and easy shrub that makes for a remarkable privacy and screening hedge, especially when trimmed into shape. Add to rock gardens as a very drought tolerant and xeric landscaping backbone!

While a singular Alpine Currant makes for an attractive addition to the garden bed as a focal point or for softening the corners of hardscapes, or anchoring a garden bed, they're typically used as foundation plantings! Currant bushes are a good option for older neighborhoods where there are mature trees.

  • Go-To Choice For Flowering Ornamental Landscaping
  • Early Bright Green Foliage In Spring
  • Looks Great Trimmed or Au Naturale
  • Flowers For Pollinators & Shelter For Birds
  • Low Hedges, Foundation Plantings, Specimens, Backdrops & En Masse

#ProPlantTips for Care:

The Alpine Currant withstands some of the most intolerable conditions. It doesn't mind a city setting or clay soils! It will also thrive in full sun to shade. Plant in full sun and partial shade throughout USDA growing zones 2 to 7 in well-drained enriched soil. These plants appreciate a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch, especially in drier and colder growing zone locations.

This tough shrub takes pruning like a champ and the Alpine Currant does appreciate an early springtime trim for the best health. If you are growing your shrub in its natural form, then instead of shearing, it's recommended you perform renewal pruning every few years instead. Simply remove the oldest branches leaving the younger thinner stems or they can be completely cut down and started over if desired.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderately Moist Well-Drained Soil
  • Alkaline Soil, Clay, Mild Drought & Salt Tolerant
  • Takes Spring Pruning Like a Champ
  • Very Cold Tolerant

Tough, cold-hardy and nearly impossible to kill, the Alpine Currant flowering and fruiting shrub that you and your local wildlife will adore! Order these hardy ornamental landscaping shrubs that take to pruning amazingly! Buy yours at today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Alpine Currant Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-7
Growing Zones 2-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ribes alpinum
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Greenish-Yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No