A.k.a. Indian currant. An adaptable arching shrub in the honeysuckle family, known for its showy red berries that often persist into winter! Due to their fast growth and suckering habit, these hardy shrubs are often planted for erosion control, or to fill in after honeysuckle removal. Like it’s native honeysuckle relatives, it hosts the snowberry and hummingbird clearwing moths!
Attractive, dusky green, round leaves that turn orange-gold in fall, tip this species over the edge into one of our favorite, "can't miss" shrubs.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun-Jul
Fruit: Clusters of red berries mature late fall.
Fall Color: orange-gold
Root Type: Taproot
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers mostly attract bees, wasps, and flies. Hosts the snowberry clearwing, hummingbird clearwing, and sulphur moths, and a few smaller insects. Berries are eaten by birds such as robins and bobwhite, and deer may browse the branches. Berries are often avoided by birds until mid-winter or so. It is believed that the berries' flavor mellows and matures through the cold season, and as such becomes an important source of food for birds in late winter and early spring.
Notes: Easy to propagate through cuttings. Branches will root and sprout where they touch the ground.