evergreen currant Grossulariaceae Ribes
viburnifolium A. Gray symbol: RIVI
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen and leathery, no lobes, may be entire irregularly toothed; dark green above, leaf underside has glands that exude sap with citrus or wine-scented sap that is very fragrant after rain or when bruised.
Flower: Perfect, small, red, tubular flowers borne in long, sparse racemes; blooming late winter to early spring.
Fruit: Orange-red to red, round, 1/4 inch berries in a loose cluster, ripen in late spring.
Twig: Red with sparse glandular hairs.
Bark: Red or red-brown to gray-brown.
Form: An arching shrub to 4 feet, spreading by rooting at the branch tips.
Additional Range Information: Ribes viburnifolium is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)