“Unlike its edible kin, gooseberries and currants, the Alpine currant, a native of Europe, is grown mostly as a hedge or specimen plant for its size, shape, glossy leaves and tolerance of pruning. It is a medium-sized, hardy deciduous shrub that with age has many branching stems and takes a spreading shape. It is dioecious (plants are either male or female) and the female plants have greenish yellow flowers of very little ornamental value. The leaves are green to dark-green, slightly lobed, toothy, and glossy.
The Alpine currant is an adaptable shrub. Though it grows best in full sun and well-drained soil, it tolerates all degrees of sunlight from full sun to full shade, and a wide range of soils, including those that are compacted and dry. It is useful as a deciduous hedge because it grows densely when pruned or sheared annually, and holds it leaves on its bottom branches (because of its tolerance for shade), unlike most hedge plants. It is also useful planted in a group to cover a site with tough conditions, such as full sun or full shade and dry soil.”
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