Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Alpine Currant

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Ribes alpinum Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Currant
  • Related Cultivars:

    Ribes alpinum 'Green Mound'

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 3-6'
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    Tolerates shearing well and hence its frequent use as a trimmed hedge plant. Groupings and massing are also applications, although its lack of ornamental merit (i.e. flower, fruit or fall color) greatly limit it's use beyond the hedge. Is often bothered by foliage diseases which can defoliate the plant in wet years.

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    Hedges should be trimmed wider at the base to allow adequate light to the lower branches which will keep the hedge looking full. Hedges may be trimmed from spring to mid-July. If a hedge becomes overgrown and woody it may be renewed by cutting the entire plant to near the ground level in late fall or early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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