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Ribes laurifolium

laurel-leaved currant

R. laurifolium is a spreading, dioecious evergreen shrub with leathery oblong leaves and yellow-green flowers in pendent racemes in late winter and early spring, followed on female plants by red fruits which ripen to black

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Yellow Green
Summer Green Black Red
Autumn Green
Winter Green Yellow Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Grossulariaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
China

How to grow

Cultivation

Easy to grow shrub for a sheltered position in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

May be susceptible to gall mites, gall midge and aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to a leaf spot, powdery mildews, coral spot and sometimes honey fungus

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