Red Currant - Ribes rubrum


Erect shrub to 1.5 metres. Leaves generally 5 lobed and heart shaped at base, not aromatic; reddish glands underneath. Flowers greenish-yellow, shallow cup-shape; more or less glabrous.  5mm in drooping racemes. Berries bright shiny red when ripe, but white berried forms of Red Currant also exist.

Similar Species

other currants

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

The leaves are unscented or very slightly so

Recording advice
Photo with fruit or details of flowers, plus general photo of plant; confirmation that leaves unscented

Hedgerows, wet woodland, stream banks.

When to see it

April and May.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain except the North of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Surprisingly frequent away from gardens in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 111 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Red Currant
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
27/05/2000 (MBNHS;Steve Woodward)
Last record:
10/08/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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Red Currant Aphid

The aphid Cryptomyzus ribis causes galls on the leaves of Currant species (Ribes). The galls take the form of raised thickened patches on the upper surface of leaves, these may be yellowish or red, the leaf often curls downwards. Hairy depressions below contain the aphids.