Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

Golden Currant is a North American native shrub that can be found in grasslands, prairies, coniferous forest, forest margins, stream banks and shrubby mountain slopes. It prefers to grow in organically rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade, but it can tolerate a wide range of soils including dry to seasonally flooded, poor soils, clay soils, and drought conditions. The leaves are a light, leathery, glossy green. Flowers appear in April until May and attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  The black edible fruit follows in July to August and are consumed by songbirds, chipmunks, ground squirrels and other animals. The fruit can be eaten raw or made into juices, jams, jellies, tarts or pies. Due to its wide ecological range, Golden Currant is valued for its conservation use.

NATIVE RANGE

Map courtesy of the USDA-NRCS Plant Database.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Additional information

Scientific Name

Ribes aureum

Height

3-7'

Spread

2-6'

Foilage

Leathery green, Light green

Native to

North America

Zone

4-8

Fall color

Reddish Purple

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