Ribes sanguineum 'Elkington's White'

3 litre pot £16.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Ribes sanguineum 'Elkington's White' flowering currant: A fabulous new introduction with white flowers

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: April
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A fairly rare variety, that produces very showy, pendent clusters of pure white flowers in spring. After these have faded, rounded, blue-black fruits form, creating further interest. This deciduous shrub has thornless stems, and can be used as an informal, flowering hedge, as well as adding interest to the shrub border early in the year. The rich green leaves have a hairy, white reverse and are slightly aromatic.

  • Garden care: In late summer remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches to maintain a healthy, open framework and reduce the flowered shoots to a strong, lower bud. Prune specimens grown as hedges immediately after flowering. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant.

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Vigorous grower


This has grown well through the summer. I am hoping for some flowers next year!




I would recommend this product


Very healthy plant and quickly filled the allotted space. Flowers early spring. Looks great surrounded by white daffodils and narcissi.

Rambling. Rosie

Meon Valley, Hants




I bought this to plant in a difficult, partially shaded, dry area behind my rabbit's walk-in run-I wanted something for early in the year that would be quite bold, and attractive to wildlife but non-toxic just in case it grows through so Mr Carrots can nibble it! Flowering currants are fantastic plants, but I wanted one slightly more unusual than the usual pink-toned ones, and this cultivar fits the bill brilliantly. As I garden on very dry, chalky soil a lot of the early spring flowering shrubs are not an option-Ribes are brilliant, though as with most plants they appreciate a nice juicy rich mulch every so often! The bumblebees have also been out in force enjoying the flowers. Brilliant shrub. Oh, and the 6 muntjac deer that use my garden haven't (yet) sampled this!


North Hertfordshire


Ribes sanguineum'Elkington's White'

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Hello, I have been struggling to find a flowering shrub to plant under a very big Acer rubrum. There is plenty of morning sun as it is a southeast facing wall and there is about 40cm of excellent top soil over a bed of heavy clay. Would this be happy in that position? If not, could you suggest another shrub. Hydrangeas, hebes and weigelas could not cope.


Hello, This is usually pretty robust, however whatever you plant will need to be kept very well fed and watered if it going to stand any chance of survival as the Acers roots will be taking up all of the water and nutrients.


Will this plant cope with a heavy clay soil? I have a pink flowering currant next to the space which is doing well. In the last year I have had 2 shrubs (sambuccus and weigela) that have died in the space and a forsythia which struggled, the soil has been very wet (weather) and water-logged at times.


Hello, If you have another flowering currant close by then I would expect this one to also do well. However they do like moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun. It sounds like your other plants may have 'drowned' in that spot due to water-logging. If possible it may be best to find another location as there may be a problem with that particular spot. Alternatively I would suggest digging a hole 3-4 times the size of the rootball of the new plant and incorporating plenty of horticultural grit, composted bark etc to increase the air pore spaces in the soil and improve drainage. Alternatively you could try making a raised and incorporating these materials which will help. You may need to look at extra drainage to try and divert excess water away from that area if possible. Hopefully this year we'll have better weather! Hope this helps. Sarah.

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