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University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
Clove Currant
Ribes odoratum
Clove Currant leaves

Size: medium

Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Anthracnose and leaf spots are potential problems. In some parts of the country, the planting of Ribes species is illegal, due to the fact some species are alternate hosts for white pine blister rust. Check with local authorities before planting. Ribes odoratum is a host of this disease.
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7 
Mature Height: 6-9 Feet
Mature Width: 6-12 Feet
Features: Small, yellow, tubular flowers in early spring; flowers have a strong clove fragrance; autumn color is brief and mild (some yellow or a hint of red); fruits are black berries in mid-summer (on female plants only).
Culture: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil is best, but tolerates some dryness; tolerates alkaline soils.
Mature Form: Rounded to open and irregular, prone to suckering.
Native To: United States (and Illinois)
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Tolerance: Alkaline SoilAlkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Tolerance: SaltSalt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Use for: Border.Border
Use for: Naturalizing.Naturalizing
Foliage Color: Green
Fall Foliage Color: Yellow
Additional Notes: Male and female flowers on separate plants. Fruit will be produced only if a male plant is available to pollinate the females.

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