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Ribes speciosum - Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Grossulariaceae (Gooseberries or Currants)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry) - This California native deciduous shrub grows as tall as 10 feet tall by 7 feet wide but is typically seen much smaller, usually no taller than about 4 feet. It has horizontal then arching branches that celebrate the new year with the emergence of the new shiny leathery rounded leaves that are shallowly divided into lobes with narrow sharp spines between the leaf nodes. In winter to mid-spring appear the very attractive pendulous tubular red flowers with long exerted red stamens along the branches and these are followed by round red currant fruit that are decoratively held through the summer. Plant in full sun (coastal), light or afternoon shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to not at all - this is a drought tolerant plant in coastal gardens but tolerates more water if given and will go late summer dormant if not irrigated. Hardy to 10 F or less. A very good plant for growing under our native oaks and it is one of the showiest of the native shrubs. The flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds and the fruit attracts other birds. It received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993. This plant is native to the Coastal-sage scrub and chaparral communities California and Baja California, where it grows in the scrub and chaparral of the coastal and transverse mountain ranges from the bay area south into Baja California. The name Ribes comes from the the Syrian or Kurdish 'ribas', a name for other plants in this genus. The specific epithet is Latin for "showy". We have grown this plant on and off since 1985. Image on this webpage courtesy of the >Theodore Payne FoundationThe information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Ribes speciosum.
 
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