• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Ribes rubrum 'Versailles Blanche' (W/c)

whitecurrant 'Versailles Blanche'

  • Other common names whitecurrant 'Versailles Blanche'

  • Synonyms Ribes viburnifolium 'White Versailles'
    Ribes rubrum 'White Versailles'

    Ribes rubrum

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  • Family Grossulariaceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details 'Versailles Blanche' is a vigorous, upright, deciduous, fruiting shrub to 1.5m in height with arching stems and serrated, 3-lobed green leaves from spring to autumn. Pale green flowers in spring are followed by heavy crops of pale yellow-white, sweet fruit that are ripe in mid- to late-summer


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam, Sand

  • pHNeutral


  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow as a permanent framework as a bush, standard, cordon or fan. Keep area around clear of other plants. Mulch with well rotted compost, manure or bark particularly on dry soils. See gooseberry cultivation

Propagation Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Wall-side Borders Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Main pruning in dormant season; also summer pruning of vigorous laterals

Pests Can get aphids, scale insects and gooseberry sawfly

Diseases No particular resistance or susceptibility to powdery mildews

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