Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’

flowering currant

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Outstanding Qualities

A cultivar of the native Ribes sanguineum, 'King Edward VII' was selected for its deep, pinkish-red flowers in spring and blue-black berries in summer. Drought tolerant once established, this deciduous shrub is a staple in the Northwest woodland garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: red

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun is best; but does fine in shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, dark green, pink

Culture Notes
Tough and durable, flowering currant tolerates sand or clay as long as the soil is well-drained. Once established it is drought tolerant, but it will appreciate occasional watering during dry weather. The best bloom is in full sun, but it will still have plenty of flowers in light or open shade. Very little pruning is required to maintain the loose upright habit. If a branch strays too much out of bounds it can be removed. Plants will often sucker to form a small patch.