Alpine Currant Bush

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When it comes to tenacity, the Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) is strong, persistent and nearly impossible to kill. The Alpine Currant features dense branches from roots to tip that is 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 the pollinators adore, even if you won't really notice them. The bright foliage then becomes lovely backdrops for the bright red berries that will attract birds galore!

Birds appreciate the red berries that female plants produce. These bright red berries are petite, but they persist through fall and winter and provide a tasty meal when birds need all the nourishment they can get. The dense branching is also wonderful nesting and cover for local birds.

Planting and Application:

This medium-green, even growing shrub makes for a manageable hedge or 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 hedge, especially when trimmed into shape. Add to rock gardens and are very drought tolerant and ideal for xeric landscaping!

While a singular Alpine Currant makes for an attractive addition to the garden bed or foundation planting, these hardy shrubs are most often used as a low-maintenance hedge that can be shaped into a formal hedge or left alone for a more celebratory, natural shape.

The berries are not just favored by birds but can be edible and healthy currant fruit for people too! While they will need a lot of sweetener, and they don't have much flavor, these are very healthy fruits high in antioxidants!

  • Go-To Choice Healthy Berries & Beautiful Fruit
  • Even Green Coloration
  • Looks Great Trimmed or Au Naturale
  • Berries for Birds
  • Hedge, Foundation Planting, Specimen, Edible Fruit

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This tough shrub takes pruning like a champ any time of the year. And the Alpine Currant also 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. The Alpine Currant does appreciate an early springtime trim for the best health and renewal growth. 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 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!

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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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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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 Yellowish Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No