red-flowering currant Grossulariaceae Ribes sanguineum
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous. Palmately lobed (3 to 5 lobes) and serrated; 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches in diameter; dark green and pubescent above, paler and velvety below.
Flower:Perfect, small, red, tubular flowers borne in long, showy racemes.
Fruit:Dark blue, pea-sized berries covered with stalked glands and white waxy bloom; edible but unpalatable.
Twig:Young twigs are round, green, and pubescent, becoming smooth and reddish brown with age.
Bark:Reddish brown to grayish brown, thin, splits longitudinally to reveal vertical rows of horizontal lenticels.
Form:A loosely branched, erect shrub reaching 10 feet tall.