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The Pink flowering currant is a deciduous shrub growing with an upright branching habit, 6-12 ft. tall, 5-6 ft. wide. Medium green leaves have a wrinkled surface marked by many veins and have heavily lobed margins. Large pendulous pink and white flowers grow in 4-6 in. long pendulous clusters in early spring.

Pink flowering currant is best adapted to Inland Empire gardens in areas of partial shade, rich soils and with regular moisture. Both the color and cascading character of its flowers make it a delightful accent plant on slopes and as a backdrop to smaller plants. It is often planted with other California natives on the Western Sycamore Palette to help achieve a woodland garden character.

Water Needs

The Pink flowering currant grows well throughout in semi-shaded area within the Inland Empire and with normal winter rainfall and moderate amounts of summer water. Regular deep watering is recommended from spring through fall. It should be noted there are several winter months marked by an asterisk (*) when rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; higher amounts of water will result in stronger springtime flowering performance and summer foliage character.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 3

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 9"-16"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous, Drought deciduous
Habit: Upright, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 6 ft. - 12 ft.
Width: 5 ft. - 6 ft.
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Pink, White
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Moderate shade, Heat, Frost, Fog, Drought, Cold hardy, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Screening, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Hummingbird plant, Foundations, Flowering accent plant, Espalier, Banks, Background plant, Fragrant foliage, Attracts butterflies


Thin branches as needed in Fall to remove crossing or weak branches (2). Can be pruned to shape as needed anytime, but it is best done after spring fruit production (for us and the birds) (D).



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