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.

**Plants in the genus Ribes are an alternate host for white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola), a serious forest pathogen that severely impacts eastern white pine trees. Therefore, as according to the Department of Agriculture, we will not ship Ribes spp. into Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island,  and Virginia.


Map courtesy of the USDA-NRCS Plant Database.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Additional information

Scientific Name

Ribes aureum






Leathery green, Light green

Fall color

Reddish Purple

Native to

North America



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