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
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
Pricing & Availability
Ribes americanumAlso known as:
American black currant,
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.
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
Propagate from seed. This shrub does not sucker.
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
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
|Species||Ribes americanum||American black currant|