Ribes laurifolium

Ribes laurifolium


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In late winter or early spring, Ribes laurifolium produces charming cascades of green-tinted, bell-shaped, cream flowers that are doubly enchanting because they are also sweetly scented. These flowers are especially attractive against the dark, evergreen leaves that resemble laurel leaves (hence the name) rather than conventional ribes foliage. If a female plant, the flowers will develop red fruits which ripen to black and are attractive to native birds.

This small evergreen shrub has a spreading habit that once established, becomes a mound of lovely deep green leaves, which offers excellent ground cover in a sheltered border.

Pot size: 3L

Common Name: Laurel leaved currant

Hardiness: Hardy

Height and Spread: 50cm x 1.5cm, in 5–10 years

Preferred Soil Type: Any well-drained soil

Position: Full sun / partial shade, sheltered

Flowering Period: Feb – March

Care: Avoid waterlogging in winter, prune any crossing branches. Takes a little time to establish.