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Ribes gordonianum (Gordons currant)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ribes gordonianum

Other names

Gordons currant, Ribes x gordonianum

Genus

Ribes Ribes

Species

R. gordonianum - R. gordonianum is a decidous shrub with aromatic leaves, and nodding clusters of coppery red and yellow flowers in late spring.


Ribes gordonianum is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Bushy

Flower

Yellow, Crimson in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Ribes gordonianum (Gordons currant) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most soils. Best in a sunny or partially shaded position.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Ribes gordonianum

Other names

Gordons currant, Ribes x gordonianum

Genus

Ribes Ribes

Species

R. gordonianum - R. gordonianum is a decidous shrub with aromatic leaves, and nodding clusters of coppery red and yellow flowers in late spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Bushy


Colour

Flower

Yellow, Crimson in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ribes gordonianum (Gordons currant) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most soils. Best in a sunny or partially shaded position.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Ribes gordonianum (Gordons currant)

Common pest name

Japanese fruit scale; Mulberry scale; White peach scale

Scientific pest name

Pseudaulacaspis pentagona

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Scale insect which in favourable conditions may kill trees. There have been a number of findings in the UK but some uncertainty about whether the pest is established. Stakeholder organisations may wish to monitory for its presence.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Ribes gordonianum (Gordons currant)

Common pest name

Cherry rasp leaf (in part) (European); Gooseberry leaf distortion; Lloyd George raspberry yellow blotch disease; Pfeffinger disease of cherry; Redcurrant ringspot; Ringspot diseases of raspberry; strawberry and flowering currant; RRSV; Spoon leaf of redcurrant (Netherlands)

Scientific pest name

Raspberry ringspot virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest present in the UK; risk of spread is mitigated by industry certification scheme.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Ribes gordonianum (Gordons currant)

Common pest name

Black ring of tomato; Bouquet of potato; Pseudo-aucuba of potato; Ringspot of bean; Ringspot of beet; Ringspot of lettuce; Yellow vein of celery

Scientific pest name

Tomato black ring virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Vector present in the UK and the pest is present with a limited distribution. Current mitigations are effective at reducing the risk of spread.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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Leaf Curl on my Ribes Gordonianum

Hi! each year I get leaf curl on this beautiful shrub which ruins the enjoyment of the plant. Is there a specific treatment that I can give now just before the leaves fully come out to stop… read more

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