Ribes aureum

Black Currant

Yellow Ribes aureum, Ribes aureum, Black Currant



Ribes aureum (commonly known as Black Currant or Golden Currant) is a Western native plant, valued for its large, black edible fruit. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Regular Price: $12.99

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per plant - 5" deep pot You save: 25%
3 - 8 (Hardy in your zone)
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot


4-6' tall x 4-6' wide. (Cutting propagated). Ribes aureum (commonly known as Black Currant or Golden Currant) is a Western native plant, valued for its large, black edible fruit. The shrub blooms in mid-spring, with highly fragrant yellow flowers reminiscent of cloves or vanilla. With a fine display of orange to red fall foliage, this easy-to-grow shrub provides the landscape with three seasons of interest. Most soil types including clay.
Common Name Black Currant
Botanical Name Ribes aureum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 4-6' tall
Mature Spread 4-6' wide
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native
Additional Information Thornless variety.
Prohibited In North Carolina
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Shrubs and Small Trees:
The shrubs and trees we sell are 1-2 year-old seedlings. These young plants appreciate some extra attention during their first 3 years in your landscape.

    Preferred growing conditions:
  • Check each species soil preferences before planting. Some do well in clay while others do not.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials. As they get larger (2 ft. or more in height), thicken the mulch layer to a depth of 2-3 inches.
  • Even xeric (waterwise) species will establish better and grow more quickly when given regular irrigation during the first 3 years in the garden. As they begin to reach maturity, watering frequency can be reduced to a good deep soaking every 10 to 14 days during the heat of summer.
  • Plant in full sun or part sun depending on plant preference.
  • Dig a wide but shallow hole and enrich the soil with ample amounts of compost and Yum Yum. This will help them to grow and mature more quickly.
  • Special comments:
  • Most native shrubs and trees are highly recommended for providing wildlife habitat (nesting spots, fruit or seeds for songbirds and mammals, nectar for pollinators).
  • They are excellent for use to grow as natural (un-sheared!) hedges along fences, property lines and driveways. They live for many years once established.
  • Garden Care:
  • Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This is most important during the first 3 years in the landscape. Established plants don't need to be fertilized (unless growth is stunted by extremely poor soils).
  • Where browsing animals (rabbits, deer and others) are a problem, it is advisable to protect young plants with a wire cage. These can be removed after 3-4 years in the ground.
  • Mulching is essential to maintain the soil moisture these woody plants need to establish their deep growing roots. Be sure and replenish the mulch in fall and summer to keep it sufficiently deep.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.


Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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Doing great even on challenging site!


from Kanab, southern UT high desert

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • More drought tolerant than expected
  • More sun tolerant than expected


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    Comments about High Country Gardens Ribes aureum:

    I was a little bit doubtful to plant this currant in the hottest, dryest, sunniest, most windy part of our property, since I worried that any bush that could also handle full shade could never handle the opposite very well!
    I did so despite my trepidations, and was very pleased to discover how well the two currant bushes have thrived!
    I planted in spring when my order arrived, and what a dry, hot (and sometimes freezing cold) spring it has been... the currants hardly hiccuped during the transition, there was no defoliation or dieback.
    And now they are already creating new growth and seem quite happy.
    About the conditions here: Alkaline soil, about 15 inches precipitation annually, 5000 feet, zone 7, low humidity, usually 90-100 degrees in summer.
    How I planted: The usual; made a small well/depression for each plant, roughed out the roots, planted, added dead tree leaves as mulch, watered in, then continued to water every 1-2 days for the first season.
    Perhaps those with less harsh planting sites wouldn't need to water so often.

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    The plant that cast a dark light on high country gardens


    from Glenwood Springs, CO

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Ribes aureum:

    I ordered 6 of these plants last spring. They arrived small and weak, but I planted them, tended them, and hoped for the best. Not one has returned this spring. When I wrote to high country gardens, they said their guarantee was contingent on getting a soil test. I've been happy with high country in the past, with successfully growing seeds. And, the hummingbird mints I ordered last spring did well. But, these shrubs really lowered my opinion of this store. I'll likely stick to local places for any live plant purchases going forward. I don't know yet if I'll try a bigger, locally grown version of this particular plant. Its supposed to be hardy, but I now have my doubts.

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    Looking forward to next spring


    from Boise, ID

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Ribes aureum:

    This finished the season established but small. I'm looking forward to it taking off next spring.

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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