Ribes americanum

Common name: Wild Black Currant

Native plant

We are frequently looking for a shrub that grows to 3 feet and does well in dry shade, like that under older oaks. This one fits that bill. The fruit is edible to the point of desire for animals and people when it ripens in July. In the fall, their leaves turn a very nice red and orange, but plants in full sun shift fall color into deeper purple that can border on black.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color

Cream Yellow

Fall color

Orange Red


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
6 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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