Ribes laurifolium Rosemoor form


Evergreen flowering currant. Leathery dark green leaves form a bush wider than it is tall (to around 1m x 1.5m). In late winter through early spring it has racemes of pendent cup-shaped, greenish yellow flowers. This is a very classy evergreen shrub. It has a spreading habit & leathery shiny foliage. It is one of the earliest shrubs to flower with tassels of long lasting limey yellow scented flowers. These are followed by red fruits which turn to black. Best grown in full sun in well drained soil with a bit of shelter.

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Some Ribes are undeservedly neglected. This applies to Ribes laurifolium Rosemoor form, a hardy, evergreen species. It is a curious plant to those of us more used to seeing and growing the more common varieties of Ribes. Those thick, slightly shiny evergreen leaves set it apart for a start. And they are held on red leaf stalks and stems so it is not a bad looking plant out of bloom either. It is good at the front of a border and would be great creeping over rocks or on a bank. It is not too fussy about soil and grows in sun or part shade but if it is too dark it will be more straggly and will flower less. Fat buds open early in the year, into clusters of small, cupshaped flowers the colour of pistachio ice cream!

  • Pot size : 2L
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period:Early spring
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Eventual height & spread: 1m x 1.5m