Ribes aureum
Photo by Pete Veilleaux, East Bay Wilds Nursery

golden currant

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • SMSierra and Coastal Mountains
  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions



Ornamental currant. Native to inland regions of the West. Grows 3-6 ft tall and wide. Light green leaves with lobed, toothed edges and small, bright yellow flowers in spring that have a spicy fragrance. In summer berries turn from yellow to red to black.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun
  • Partial sun

Water needs:

  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted