wax currant Grossulariaceae Ribes cereum Douglas Listen to the Latin symbol: RICE Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, palmately lobed (3 to 5 lobes), some leaves have indistinct lobes, 1/2 to 2 inches long, irregularly round toothed; dark green above, fuzzy when young, paler and glandular hairy below; often the leaves are sticky.
Flower: Species is monoecious; small, white to faint pink tubular flowers borne in late spring, singular or in short hanging clusters of a few flowers.
Fruit: Orange-red, bright red to dark red, round, 1/4 to 1/2 inch berries in a hanging cluster, resin dotted, ripen in late summer.
Twig: Moderately stout, stiff, red-gray and maybe short fuzzy to glandular when young, later turning light gray, no spines; reddish brown, pointed buds.
Bark: Reddish-gray and finely peeling on larger stems.
Form: Upright small shrub reaching to 5 feet, with an open crown.

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