Ellen Zagory

Chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum) is a California native shrub with pale pink flowers in winter. For its drought tolerance and easy-to-grow habits, it’s among the plants chosen by UC Davis Arboretum for its New Front Yard series.

New Front Yard: Chaparral currant

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Saturday, May. 31, 2014 - 6:57 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.

Chaparral currant

Ribes malvaceum

Size: 4 to 6 feet tall

Bloom season: Fall and winter

Pruning needs: Little or none.

Exposure: Partial shade.

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.

Snapshot: This California native shrub – also part of the Arboretum All-Star series – offers a winter bouquet of pale-pink flowers, a favorite for hummingbirds. The leaves have an attractive scent, too. This shrub’s easy-care profile (little water, less work) make it a favorite for spaces with partial shade, such as under heritage oaks or other large trees. You can see specimens in the arboretum’s Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California native plants on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on the New Front Yard, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

More online

See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden.



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