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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Ribes aureum Pursh
USDA Symbol: riau
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , TN , TX , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Sask. to NM, w. to n.c. WA & CA Native Habitat:
Moist to drier hillsides & river valleys USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(NI)
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:
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff