Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

Deciduous shrub growing up to 6 feet tall with dark green foliage. Bright yellow flowers bloom from spring to summer, followed by greenish-yellow berries that turn dark red when ripe. Prefers full sun and dry to moist soils. Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds; palatable to wildlife and birds.


Deciduous shrub growing from 3 to 6 feet tall with dark green foliage. Leaves have 3 to 5 rounded lobes that turn yellow to red in the fall. Yellow flowers with red centers bloom from April to June with a strong fragrance of cloves. Flowers provide nectar to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Followed by the flowers, the plant produces small berries turning from yellow-green to dark red when ripe. Birds and wildlife find the berries to be very palatable. Golden Currant prefers full sun and dry to moist soils; drought tolerant.

Additional information

Scientific Name

Ribes aureum

Common Name

Golden Currant

Bloom Time

Spring to Summer