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Ribes americanum Mill.
American black currant, Wild black currant
USDA Symbol: RIAM2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Small, globular shrub, 3-6 ft. tall, with many slender stems. Palmately-lobed foliage becomes colorful in fall. Flowers are small, bell-shaped and white, hanging in loose clusters. They are followed by purple berries.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
N.S. to Alt., s. to NJ, IA, NE
& WY Native Habitat:
Open woods; thickets; marshy sites; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Variable.
Conditions Comments: Not recommended; carries disease which kills white pine.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Berries are favorites among birds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
Record Last Modified: 2012-06-20
Research By: TWC Staff