Flowering currant

Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII'

Flowering currant - Ribes sanguineum  'King Edward VII'

Common Name: Flowering currant
Genus: Ribes
Species: sanguineum
Cultivar: 'King Edward VII'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes a good hedge, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: toothed aromatic dark green leaves

A deciduous spring-flowering ornamental shrub with pendent clusters of deep crimson tubular flowers followed by spherical blue-black fruit. This popular form of flowering currant is compact and upright in habit making it ideal for where border space is limited or for growing as an informal flowering hedge. To prevent the plant from becoming congested in late summer remove any dead or diseased branches and reduce the flowered shoots to a strong lower bud.

  • Ribes sanguineum originates from dry open woods and rocky slopes in western North America as far south as California. It was introduced in to Britain in 1817.

  • Garden care: In late summer remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches to maintain a healthy open framework and reduce the flowered shoots to a strong lower bud. Prune specimens grown as hedges immediately after flowering. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant

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