golden currant Grossulariaceae Ribes
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, distinctly 3 lobed with a few coarse teeth near ends of lobes, 1 to 2 inches long, somewhat thickened, glossy green above, paler below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; yellow, tubular showy flowers, borne in spring, hanging clusters several inches long, clove-like fragrance.
Fruit: Glossy black (sometimes yellow to orange), round, 1/3 inch berries in a hanging cluster, resin dotted, ripen in mid summer to late summer.
Twig: Moderately stout, stiff, red-gray, no spines; reddish brown, pointed buds.
Bark: Dark silvery gray with numerous raised lenticels.
Form: An erect wide spreading shrub up to 8 feet tall.
Looks like: sticky currant
- mapleleaf currant
- wax currant
- red-flowering currant
| Additional Range Information:
Ribes aureum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting golden currant.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson