ribes sanguineum 'mesa rose'
Common Names: winter currant
Type: Deciduous shrub
Size: 8 ft. high and wide.
Flowers: Small rose pink flowers in clusters, spring, followed by dark blue to black fruit; dark green leaves to 4 in. long, maple-shaped.
Uses: Background, slopes, screen, shape and color accent, near oak trees, in heat. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Habitat, bees, birds, butterflies. Deer resistant.
Soil: Well-drained; but tolerates clay.
Sun: Full sun to some shade.
Pruning: Prune in early summer after flowering. Remove any damaged or dead stems. Remove 1/5th of old shoots at ground level to encourage new growth.
Pests & Diseases: Can become host to white pine blister rust. Not recommended near pine trees.
Notes: Many cultivars with different flower colors available. Hardy to 10° F.