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Ribes speciosum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Red in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Family

Grossulariaceae


Ribes can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes spiny, with simple, usually palmately lobed leaves and small tubular or bell-shaped, solitary or racemose flowers borne in spring or summer, followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries

R. speciosum is a spiny medium-sized deciduous shrub with bristly stems bearing small, oval, slightly lobed, glossy leaves. Small, drooping, fuchsia-like bright crimson flowers with prominent stamens hang beneath the stems in mid and late spring

Other common names

  • Californian fuchsia
  • flowering gooseberry
  • fuchsia-flowered currant

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • East-facing or South-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow deciduous shrub but may not be fully hardy in exposed sites and best planted against a sunny wall

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot