Ribes sanguineum ‘Pulborough Scarlet’

flowering currant

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Outstanding Qualities

A cultivar of the native flowering currant, 'Pulborough Scarlet' was selected for its deep, cardinal-red flowers opening to a rich, rose red. The early spring flowers have a spicy fragrance and are a favorite of over-wintering hummingbirds. This deciduous shrub has longer flower chains than the typical flowering currant and is a reliable performer in the garden. Use as a single filler shrub to add a splash of spring color or group together to form an informal screen. Combinations with hellebores, spring bulbs or early rhododendrons create an excellent foil for the sparkling blooms.

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 9

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.