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Products > Ribes viburnifolium 'Spooner's Mesa'
Ribes viburnifolium 'Spooner's Mesa' - San Diego Evergreen Currant
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Grossulariaceae (Gooseberries or Currants)
Origin: Baja California (North America)
California Native (Plant List): Yes
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Rose Pink
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Ribes viburnifolium 'Spooner's Mesa' (San Diego Evergreen Currant) - An open wide spreading evergreen shrub that grows 2-3 feet tall and can spread to 6 feet wide with dark red stems bearing aromatic leathery inch and a half wide ovate dark green leaves that arch up and out from the center of the plant. Rose pink flowers bloom in late winter to mid spring.

Plant in sun or light shade along coast to shade inland. It is drought tolerant and like the species should be reliably root hardy to around 10 F. Requiring little supplemental water, this native shrub is a good candidate for planting underneath an oak canopy.

Ribes viburnifolium is native to Santa Catalina Island and extreme coastal southern California into Baja California, where it can be found growing in full to part shade. It is considered to be a rare and endangered plant in the wild. The name Ribes comes from the Syrian or Kurdish 'ribas', a name for other plants in this genus and the specific epithet means "leaves like Viburnum". Other common names include Viburnumleaf Currant, Catalina Perfume and Evergreen Currant. This 'Spooner's Mesa' selection, which we named and introduced into the nursery trade in 1998, has larger leaves giving the plant a fuller and denser appearance. It was collected on Spooner's Mesa in southern San Diego County along the Tijuana River estuary near to Mexican border by Dylan Hannon, now curator of the conservatory at the Huntington Botanical Gardens but the working at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. We also grow the more typical Catalina Island from that we list as Ribes viburnifolium

This information about Ribes viburnifolium 'Spooner's Mesa' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.