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Evergreen Currant

Ribes viburnifolium

Ribes viburnifolium on 40% ET0 in April 2011. Photo: SK Reid.
Ribes viburnifolium on 40% ET0 in April 2011. Photo: SK Reid.


Evergreen currant is a California native with a wide-spreading, low-mounding habit that can be used as a low shrub or tall groundcover. Although it was slow to put on new growth the first year, it grew quickly in its second year to an average of 8.5’ wide. There were no differences in growth indexes or quality ratings between treatments, making it another versatile plant for shade where a large shrub is needed.

In conjunction with the trials, evergreen currant was also grown in several UCCE Master Gardener demonstration gardens throughout California. Although the MG quality ratings overall are fairly high, the comments indicated that a few found it uninteresting, while others felt it was too sprawling for all but the most informal woodland gardens. The best performance overall was found in gardens with fairly well-drained soil and weekly summer water.

Basic Info

Submitted by: UC Davis Arboretum
Trial Exposure: 50% Shade
Year evaluated: 2011
Height & Width
(after 2 years):
39" x 8.5' - UC Davis
Reported Height & Width
(at maturity):
3-4' x 4-6'
WUCOLS plant type: Gc S N A
Water Needs & WUCOLS Region:
Low - Region 2 
Mean Overall 
Appearance rating:
(1-5 Scale, 5 is highest)
4.9 - UC Davis 
Flowering Months
N/A - UC Davis

Growth and Quality Data

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