Ribes alpinum

Alpine Currant

Ribes alpinum - Alpine Currant

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Can be pruned any time of the year if needed.

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A tough plant with a compact, mounded habit and attractive lobed leaves, ideal for the hedge or in large groups.

  • Compact, mound-forming shrub
  • Bright green leaves are 3-5 lobed
  • No serious insect or disease problems

A very adaptable shrub for semi-shady areas and shrub borders.

Height: 3-6 Feet
Spread: 3-6 Feet
Zone: 2 - 7

Interesting Notes about Alpine Currant:

Alpine currant is one of the earliest shrubs to leaf out in the spring and is used primarily for naturalizing. The pollinated female plant does produce fruit, but the males are more available in the trade than the females. The fruit is inedible for humans, but it is good for birds and wildlife. This shrub prefers part to full shade, but will tolerate full sun and is excellent for securing slopes or erosion-prone areas.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Ground Cover
  • Border or Bed
  • Naturalizing
  • Great Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
  • Mass Planting

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Mounding
  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water