Scientific Name: Ribes nigrum
Common Name: black currant
Family Name: Grossulariaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 1.3 - 2.0m x 1.5 - 2.0m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Open, Spreading, Twiggy
Form: Round
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Hedge row, Small garden/space, Spring interest, Urban agriculture, Wildlife food
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Lobed, Alternate, Soft flexible, Heavily veined, Palmate venation, Pubescent, Distinctive smell, Ovate, Serrate
Flowers: Raceme, White, Green-yellow, Pink, Red, May-Jun
Fruit: Berry (true), Edible, Black, Jul-Aug
Key ID Features:
Leaves dull, dark green, up to 15cm long, mostly with three pointy lobes, aromatic when crushed, stipules small and leafy if still present; berries glossy black with persistent calyx.