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RIBES odoratum

Image of Ribes odoratum

Mark A. Miller

Family

Grossulariaceae

Botanical Name

RIBES odoratum

Plant Common Name

Clove Currant

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Currants make excellent subjects for the ornamental or culinary garden. Deciduous and evergreen shrubs from the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere and the uplands of South America, they are most commonly grown for their small, spherical, often translucent berries, which are usually edible. The several-seeded fruits are black, red, green, yellow, or purple. Many currants are well worth growing for their showy clusters of small, four- or five-lobed, pink, white, red, or yellow flowers, which may be spicily scented. Their generally undistinguished, typically three- to five-lobed leaves are sometimes pungently fragrant. Some currants have brilliant fall color. All parts of these shrubs may be spiny or bristly. Among the Ribes most cultivated for their fruit are black currant (R. nigrum), gooseberry (R. uva-crispa), and their hybrids. Flowering currant (R. sangunieum) is prized for its show flowers; alpine currant (R. alpinum) for its compactness and adaptability; and buffalo currant (R. odoratum) for its spicy yellow blooms.

Most currants do well in a wide range of soils in full to partial sun. They work well in mixed borders, edible plantings, and hedges. As the alternate host for white pine blister rust, they should not be grown (and are typically banned) in areas where that disease is extant (http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/FactSheets/wpineblister/wpineblister.htm).

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-12' / 0.6m - 3.7m

  • Width

    2'-12' / 0.6m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Winter

  • Native To

    North America, South America, Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No