Botanical Name: Ribes alpinum
Common Name: Alpine Currant  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half, Shade



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Alpine currant is a compact, deciduous shrub that grows 3 to 6 feet tall and wide, with a very uniform, rounded-mounded form. Bright green leaves have 3 to 5 lobes, and turn to a dull yellow in fall. Flowers are greenish-yellow and inconspicuous. Dioecious (separate male and female plants). Fruit on female plants is an inedible, scarlet berry. However, most plants of this species which are sold commercially are male clones (males are reportedly immune to rust diseases). Stems are chestnut brown and may exfoliate (peel) as they mature. This is a handy shrub for the north and east foundations or under taller canopied trees as it does well in dense shade.
Grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full shade. Tolerates nearly any type of soil as long as it is well draining. Prune at any time of year (flowers are insignificant) or simply allow plant to grow naturally. Extremely winter hardy. Is rabbit-resistant.