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A bumble bee enjoys the nectar of the Golden Currant (Ribes aureum) shrub. This showy native shrub flaunts its golden yellow flowers each spring; attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Leaves are deciduous, green and turn red in autumn. Berries are favored by birds.
Sweetly fragrant yellow flowers of the Golden Currant (Ribes aureum) shrub. This showy native shrub flaunts its golden yellow flowers each spring; attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Leaves are deciduous, green and turn red in autumn. Berries are favored by birds.
Plump berries of the Golden Currant (Ribes aureum) shrub. This showy native shrub flaunts its golden yellow flowers each spring; attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Leaves are deciduous, green and turn red in autumn. Berries are favored by birds.
Sweetly fragrGolden Currant (Ribes aureum) - This showy native shrub flaunts its golden yellow flowers each spring; attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Leaves are deciduous, green and turn red in autumn. Berries are favored by birds.

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Ribes aureum

  • Size at maturity: 6-10' tall, 5-10' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun, part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to wet soil
  • Special features: wildlife magnet; flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, edible berries favored by birds

This showy native shrub flaunts its golden yellow flowers each spring; attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Leaves are deciduous, green and turn red in autumn. The shrub produces berries about half an inch in diameter from an early age. Ripe fruits, amber yellow to black in color, are edible, and attract a wide range of birds. Tolerates heavy soils. 

Photo Credit: "Ribes aureum (Golden Currant)" by Plant Image Library is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, "Ribes aureum" by peganum is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, "File:Ab plant 1315 (Ribes aureum).jpg" by Andrew Butko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0, "golden currant, Ribes aureum var. aureum" by Jim Morefield is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0