Flowering currant

Ribes sanguineum 'Elkington's White'

Flowering currant - Ribes sanguineum  'Elkington's White'

Common Name: Flowering currant
Genus: Ribes
Species: sanguineum
Cultivar: 'Elkington's White'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes a good hedge, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A recently introduced and still quite rare variety that produces very showy, pendent clusters of pure white flowers in spring. After these have faded, rounded blue-black fruits form, creating further interest. This deciduous shrub has thornless stems and can be used as an informal flowering hedge as well as adding interest to the shrub border early in the year. The rich green leaves have a hairy white reverse and are slightly aromatic.

  • Garden care: In late summer remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches to maintain a healthy open framework and reduce the flowered shoots to a strong lower bud. Prune specimens grown as hedges immediately after flowering. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant.


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