mapleleaf currant Grossulariaceae Ribes acerifolium Howell Listen to the Latin symbol: RIAC Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: stink currant - wax currant - red-flowering currant - sticky currant
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Additional Range Information:
Ribes acerifolium is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting mapleleaf currant.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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