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Ribes americanum

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: neutral, rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: April, May

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, berries, drought tolerant, edible, fall interest, shade garden plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant

Ribes americanum (American black currant
  • Ribes americanum (American black currant
  • Ribes americanum (American black currant

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Description

Ribes americanum

Also known as:

American black currant

,

wild black

,

black currant

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Ribes americanum is a low growing shrub with erect, 3' to 6' long stems. Foliage is green, lobed, and colorful in fall. It produces attractive clusters of small, white bell-shaped flowers in spring, followed by edible, black berries.

Cultivation

Ribes americanum is adaptable to a wide range of soils and all light conditions. It is commonly found along water margins, yet is also very drought tolerant. Easy to grow and rewarding for its fruit and visual interest. It can be used in groups, to form low hedges and windbreaks. Plants require good air circulation to avoid developing leaf spot and other fungal diseases. Blooms in April and May. A cold season plant: Zones 3-6

Propagation

Propagate from seed. This shrub does not sucker.

Additional Notes

It produces delectable fruit that may be eaten raw or cooked, made into preserves, jams and jellies. A food source for a wide variety of wildlife.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CO, CT, DC, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MD
  • Extirpated: MD

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Grossulariaceae Currant family
Genus Ribes currant
Species Ribes americanum American black currant