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Garden Red Currant
Ribes sativum

Family: Grossulariaceae

Preferred Habitat: occurs in well-drained soils, needs full or semi-shaded positions to fluorish

Range: Native to Europe, and escaped to the northeastern United States

Height: up to 2.5 meters (8 feet)

Leaves: alternate, simple, 3-lobed mostly with some 5-lobed leaves, bright green, triangular ovate to sometimes rhombic, incised and serrated

Flowers: small, greenish yellow 5-petaled flowers are 0.5 cm in diameter, dioecious with the male bearing more flowers than the female

Fruit: glossy bright red 0.5 cm in diameter berries, occur in mid-late summer and persist until fall

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: frequently used in jelly