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Plant Details

Ribes sanguineum 'Pulborough Scarlet'

Red Flowering Currant
Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Part Shade
Height: Minimum 6 feet , Maximum 8 feet
Width: Minimum 6 feet , Maximum 7 feet
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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.

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.

(Source: Great Plant Picks)

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:26 PM

Glowing deep red flower clusters are eye-catchers, indeed... hummer eyes ; human eyes; a trouble-free 6-8' western native shrub. Sun-PSh/Med-Dry/GdDrain

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:26 PM

Hummingbirds will do battle for the velvety red flowers of this selection that are loaded with nectar. Fast growing with thick sturdy stems 6 x 6 feet.

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