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Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers' (Southern pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
1.8m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers'

Other names

Southern pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers', Pink-flowered currant 'Spring Showers', Pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers'

Genus

Ribes Ribes

Variety or Cultivar

'Spring Showers' _ 'Spring Showers' s a vigorous, upright, deciduous shrub with thornless, dark brown branches bearing aromatic, lobed, toothed, wrinkled, dark green leaves, white-hairy beneath, and, from late winter into spring, pendent racemes of tubular, bright pink flowers followed by small, blue-black fruit.


Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Upright

Flower

Bright-pink in Spring; Bright-pink in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Use as a specimen or as an informal hedge. Pruning group 2 or, if wall-trained, group 13. Prune hedges after flowering. Mulch with well-rotted compost after pruning.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers' (Southern pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers') will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.8m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Best grown in partial or full shade in neutral to acid, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant in coastal gardens, requires moderate water in hot, dry areas. Tolerates clay, seasonal flooding, and slightly alkaline conditions.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

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

Botanical name

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers'

Other names

Southern pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers', Pink-flowered currant 'Spring Showers', Pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers'

Genus

Ribes Ribes

Variety or Cultivar

'Spring Showers' _ 'Spring Showers' s a vigorous, upright, deciduous shrub with thornless, dark brown branches bearing aromatic, lobed, toothed, wrinkled, dark green leaves, white-hairy beneath, and, from late winter into spring, pendent racemes of tubular, bright pink flowers followed by small, blue-black fruit.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Upright


Colour

Flower

Bright-pink in Spring; Bright-pink in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Use as a specimen or as an informal hedge. Pruning group 2 or, if wall-trained, group 13. Prune hedges after flowering. Mulch with well-rotted compost after pruning.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers' (Southern pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers') will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.8m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Best grown in partial or full shade in neutral to acid, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant in coastal gardens, requires moderate water in hot, dry areas. Tolerates clay, seasonal flooding, and slightly alkaline conditions.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

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 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers' (Southern pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers')

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 sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers' (Southern pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers')

Common pest name

Japanese rust of white pine; Japanese white pine rust

Scientific pest name

Cronartium kamtschaticum

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

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

1

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

3

General biosecurity comments

A species of confused taxonomy that is considered to be synomynous with the European species Cronartium ribicola; and is unlikely to cause more damage than this species if introduced. Statutory action will be taken on findings on plant material of non-European origin in line with current EU regulations.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum 'Spring Showers' (Southern pink flowering currant 'Spring Showers')

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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