Wax currant is a shrub for sunny and fairly dry sites (unlike prickly and northern black currants, which prefer moist streamside habitats). It sports inumberable small lobed leaves and grows into a round, full shape. The flowers are fairly inconspicuous, but late summer brings a profusion of bright red-orange berries that are quickly snapped up by birds.

 

Around here you're especially likely to find it flourishing in previously burned forests, where it provides shelter and food for a wide range of wildlife. It is very drought tolerant, but it can be a slow grower. Extra water for the first few seasons will give it the boost it needs to reach a mature size. 

 

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wax currant

  • Ribes cereum

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