Ribes americanum Mill.
American Black Currant, Wild Black Currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
USDA Symbol: RIAM2
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , MB , NB , NS , ON , QC , 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
ArcheWild Native Nurseries - Quakertown, PA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes americanum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes americanum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes americanum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-06-20
Research By: TWC Staff