Ribes speciosum 'Rana Creek'

Common Name:
Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Grossulariaceae (The Gooseberry Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
5-6 feet high, 6-10 feet wide
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Winter and spring
Flower Color:
Full sun
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
This wickedly spiny shrub has arching stems reaching 4-6 feet tall. The small leaves are roundish and lobed, dark green and shiny on the upper surface. They disappear in summer unless the plant is well-watered, returning in late fall and winter. 'Rana Creek' is a particularly nice selection made by Suzanne Schettler with large dark leaves and great quantities of bright red blossoms displayed along the past year's stems in winter and early spring. This shrub is an ideal candidate for dry shade.