mapleleaf currant Grossulariaceae Ribes acerifolium
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, palmately lobed (3 to 5 lobes), 1 to 3 inches long, irregularly round toothed; dark green above, paler with a few resin dots beneath.
Flower:Perfect; small, faint purple, tubular flowers, borne in spring, in showy, hanging clusters several inches long.
Fruit:Black with a waxy bloom, round, 1/3 inch berries in a hanging cluster, glandular bristly, ripen in mid-summer.
Twig:Moderately stout, red-gray, maybe finely hairy especially when young, no spines.
Bark:Silvery gray, smooth.
Form:Small to medium upright shrub 2 to 5 feet tall, often forms thickets.