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Red Lake Currant

Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake'

Clusters of large, bright red berries, delicious eaten fresh or used in jams and jellies, ripen mid-July. Vigorous bushes are highly ornamental and can be used as a hedge or in small growing areas and containers. Deciduous. Self-fertile.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationRYE-bees RU-brum
Average Size at MaturityReaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeMid to Late Spring
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Hedge
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEdible, Showy Fruit
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsPrivet (Ligustrum); Cranberry Bush (Viburnum); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Sumac (Rhus); Blueberry (Vaccinium)

Thrives in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Prefers cool summer climates, with shelter from harsh winter winds and mulch to protect root zone. Provide afternoon shade in hot summer regions. For best fruit production, allow 4 - 5 new canes to develop yearly, until there are 15 - 16 canes, then dormant prune the 3 year-old canes to ground level annually.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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