Evergreen Currant Bush

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Evergreen Currant (Ribes viburnifolium) is a remarkable plant that should be in every West Coast garden. Sometimes called Catalina Perfume, this evergreen plant releases a heavy, sweet scent of wine grapes after a good rain. Some people say that it smells like fine wine, but even better.

The deep green foliage not only smells good but is beautiful to boot with a lovely waxy sheen. The stems are red and play off of the green leaves nicely. In the spring it has small rose-colored trumpet-shaped flowers and if you live on the coast it will even set berries for you when the flowers fade. These red berries will attract birds by the droves.

Deer tend to avoid this tough little native shrub, unless it's the last item on the menu. Hardy in USDA growing zones 6 through 10, these can take the heat, but not the sun. Growing low and reaching a mature height of only 2-3 feet tall they spread to an amazing 6-8 feet in mature width!

Planting and Application:

Make sure that you plant it somewhere that it will be brushed against or is close enough for you and your garden guests to enjoy the great scent! And not just for you - create bird-friendly groupings or shelterbelts that serve up double duty as a bird sanctuary and privacy screening.

Handling low moisture environments, Rock Gardens and that tricky hell-strip along the road with ease. This is a great plant for Xeric and drought-resistant gardens, too! Plant atop steep slopes where they will hold back erosion and keep you from having to mow dangerous hillsides. You'll love the year-round interest the evergreen foliage provides your landscape!

  • Aromatic Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Rose-Colored Trumpet-Shaped Blooms In Spring
  • Red Berries In Summer Attract Birds
  • Low-Growing & Wide-Spreading
  • Tall Groundcover Or Medium Hedge

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Currant is a definite shade lover! Sun will burn it to the ground, as will any temperature under 10 degrees. (We've seen it burn in the sun just up to the shade line. That shows you how sensitive it is!) Wide spreading but short in height, it can easily be kept in check with pruning as it handles shearing like a champ. Fruit is produced on last year's wood and they should be pruned after harvest in late spring. Provide moderate moisture and it can handle low moisture environments once established.

  • Full Shade & Part Shade
  • Low Moisture Once Established
  • Prune After Fruiting
  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant Broadleaf-Evergreen

If you live in a climate that fits it, you will for sure want to add the unusual beauty of the Evergreen Currant to your garden. The look, the performance and the scent make for one stand-out shrub! Order yours today at NatureHills.com!

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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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.

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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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Evergreen Currant Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-10
Growing Zones 6-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ribes viburnifolium
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Most Soils
Moisture Medium to Low Moisture
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green, Red
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes