mountain currant Grossulariaceae Ribes alpinum L. Listen to the Latin symbol: RIAL2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, orbicular, palmately 3-lobed, serrated; 1 to 2 inches; dark green and pubescent above, paler below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; yellow-green; 2 inch racemes appearing in early spring.
Fruit: Bright red, pea-sized berries; edible but unpalatable; ripening in mid-summer.
Twig: Reddish-brown, glabrous, ridged, with large, somewhat stalked conical green-brown buds.
Bark: Reddish brown to grayish brown, thin, developing papery exfoliation.
Form: A loosely branched multi-stem shrub to 6 feet. Naturally forms a dense hedge.
leaf twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Ribes alpinum is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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