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Ribes odoratum

Buffalo currant

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (62481)

Plant details

An unusual medium-sized shrub, it makes a pleasant change from the traditional brightly coloured flowering currants. It forms an arching shrub with mid- green leaves typical of the currant family. The pale yellowish-green flowers which appear in spring are held in small bunches. These have a rich spicy fragrance which travels on the warm spring air and will easily fill the whole garden. The pale flowers make this shrub ideal as a planting partner for bright yellow daffodils, tulips and pulmonaria.

Family: Grossulariaceae

Genus: Ribes

Species: odoratum

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

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