Native golden currant bigger, better than cultivated varieties
This is the time of year I get excited about the native golden currant, Ribes aureum. It is in my opinion, far superior to the cultivated currants in ease of cultivation, beauty, and fruit.
Here are some of the characteristics I value in this species:
-- drought tolerance
-- large berry size
-- asynchronous ripening
-- loose flower remnants that fall of ripe berries easily
-- vigorous growth
-- great fruiting even from seed grown plants
-- fruit of various colors (gold, red, black)
-- high edibility (not so tart) out of hand
Pictured is 4 pounds of the first flush of ripe fruit from a three year old plant that volunteered from seed.