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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Ribes aureum Pursh
USDA Symbol: RIAU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (NI)
Golden currant is a 3-6 ft., deciduous shrub with light-green, three-lobed leaves and spicy-scented racemes of yellow flowers, turning orange with age, on long, wand-like stems. Berries are either yellow, red or black when ripe.
A native of the West, Golden Currant has been planted eastward in the United States and has escaped from cultivation and naturalized in many places.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Black Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Sask. to NM,
w. to n.c. WA
& CA Native Habitat:
Moist to drier hillsides & river valleys
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to drier soils.
Conditions Comments: The typical species is a very adaptable plant, tolerating standing water to drought. R. odoratum (a Great Plains/Midwest species) has been included in R. aureum. This a host to white pine blister rust.
Flowers provide nectar
to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Birds, bears and rodents eat the fruit. Conspicuous Flowers:
Propagation is by twig
cuttings and seed. Seed Collection:
Seeds need to be picked or stripped as soon as they are ripe to lessen losses to birds. Maceration and flotation can be used to extract the seeds. Commercially Avail:
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 Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TXNative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff