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      Bumblebee visits the bright yellow flowers of a Golden Current (Ribes aureum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Close-up of leaves and yellow flowers of a Golden Current (Ribes aureum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Close-up of Golden Current berries (Ribes aureum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Stems of Golden Current (Ribes aureum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

      Golden Current

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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 1: "Ribes aureum (Golden Currant)" by Plant Image Library is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

      Photo Credit 2: "Ribes aureum" by peganum is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

      Photo Credit 3: "File:Ab plant 1315 (Ribes aureum).jpg" by Andrew Butko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

      Photo Credit 4: "golden currant, Ribes aureum var. aureum" by Jim Morefield is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0