Ribes sanguineum 'Pulborough Scarlet'

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Buy Ribes sanguineum 'Pulborough Scarlet' flowering currant: Lovely red 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 deciduous, spring-flowering, ornamental shrub with pendent clusters of dark red, tubular flowers which smother the bush in April. This popular form of flowering currant is compact and upright in habit, making it ideal for where border space is limited or for growing as an informal, flowering hedge. To prevent the plant from becoming congested in late summer remove any dead or diseased branches and reduce the flowered shoots to a strong, lower bud.

    Ribes sanguineum originates from dry open woods and rocky slopes in western North America as far south as California. It was introduced into Britain in 1817.

  • 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.

  • Pests and diseases: Ribes should never be planted near pine trees as it can be a host to white pine blister rust. It is also very susceptible to honey fungus, and aphids, leaf spot and powdery mildew can be a problem.

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Grew well during the summer


I put this in the border near the house where I could see the blooms after the winter and early spring shrubs have finished. It took well and looks healthy - looking forward to seeing it in bloom.




Ideal for a lazy gardener


Two of these plants filled a small bed and survived my forgetfulness about watering. Ideal for the lazy gardener

The Young Mr Tim

London suburb


Ideal for a last gardener


Two of these plants (flowering cherry) filled a small hidden bed and survived my forgetfulness about watering. Ideal for a lazy gardener.

The Young Mr Tim

London suburb


Beautiful healthy plant.


Looks good in the back of the border. Grows quickly. Lots of lovely colour when it flowers.


Scottish Borders


Excellent, quality plant


Planted at back of border as I needed a hardy, red flowering shrub. This is one of the best as it copes with all weathers and becomes a reliable friend over the years.

Elizabeth H



Happy Buyer


I find this a useful "do-er". Very reliable and very hardy. Purchased too late in season for flowers but hopeful of a good display later.




A colourful shrub


Planted against a sunny back wall with other varieties of ribes - makes a splash of colour. Only downside - it can smell of cats.


NE Scotland


Scented leaves, great buy


Lovely scented leaves and strong growth in the first season despite the hottest summer in years. Would recommend.

Sunshine and roses

South yorkshire


Ribes Pullborough Scarlet.


A well grown container plant,great root system,planted out Boxing day,I had this plant as a Christmas gift from my Gran-daughters,early pollinators love the blossom.

Green Man



Happy so far.


I love the garden

Plant lover

West Midlands



4.8 14


Why has this developed die back - and can I save it?


Hello, I am not really sure what is causing the dieback - and it may be something as simple as a lack of water. These plants are however susceptible to a couple of nasty diseases, so do keep an eye out for signs of either Coral Spot http://www.crocus.co.uk/pestsanddiseases/_/pests-and-diseases/stems/coral-spot/articleid.1157/ or Honey Fungus http://www.crocus.co.uk/pestsanddiseases/_/pests-and-diseases/sudden-death/honey-fungus/articleid.1164/


Hello, I wanted my new garden to be bee friendly but seem to have fallen at the first hurdle. The bumblebee queens are out and about and nothing I've planted so far is in flower besides spring bulbs. The only thing I've seen the bees on is a sun-opening dandelion type thing that's creeping along the fenceline. What early nectar plants can you recommend so I'm not caught out again next year? I can make room for another shrub or any kind of plant or wildflower. Thank you!


Hello, It has been an unusually cold spring, s many plants are not coming into bloom as soon as they normally would. There are however several plants worth including in your garden, which will provide a good source of nectar for bees - here are some of the best. Pulmonarias http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.pulmonarias/sort.0/ Aquilegias http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.aquilegia/sort.0/ Cardamine http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/cardamine-pratensis/classid.2000018822/ Hellebores http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.helleborus/sort.0/


Hedging ideas Hello and hope you can help,- I'm a novice and a hopeless gardener hoping to learn quickly. Do you have any suggestions for mixed hedging for an approx 60 feet boundary? No preference or favourites, though a bit of colour would be appreciated at some time in the seasons but it needs to grow to at least five feet preferably six feet high and act as a barrier to human. I would like it to attract wildlife, particularly the birds and provide some year round interest with colour (hopefully). Lawrence

lawrence dixon

Hello Lawrence, There are several plants that I would put on the shortlist. Here are my favourites:- Rosa rugosa Alba http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/hedging/bush-rose/hedging-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-rugosa-alba/classid.1148/ Rosa rugosa Rubra http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/hedging/bush-rose/hedging-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-rugosa-rubra/classid.77954/ Elaeagnus x ebbingei Limelight http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/elaeagnus-%C3%97-ebbingei-limelight/classid.3775/ Ilex x altaclerensis Golden King http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/ilex-%C3%97--altaclerensis-golden-king/classid.4029/ Ribes sanguineum Pulborough Scarlet http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/ribes-sanguineum-pulborough-scarlet/classid.4331/ Pyracantha http://crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.pyracantha/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Hedging and Osmanthus plants Dear Crocus, I am looking for two Osmanthus burkwoodii plants but notice on your website that you only offer them for sale in 2 litre size. Do you have any larger Osmanthus burkwoodii plants? I am also looking for suggestions on which plants would make a good hedge. I am looking for something hardy, able to stand the frost, evergreen, not poisonous to horses and if possible, not just green possibly red / purple or variegated, any thoughts? Also, as these plants are grown in Surrey, will they be suitable to grow in the Scottish Borders? Many thanks, Jane

Janey Mitch

Hello Jane, I'm afraid we have all the plants we sell displayed on our website so we do not sell larger sizes of the Osmanthus. As for the hedging, if you click on the link below it will take you to our full range of hedging plants. Unfortunately we do not have anything that meets all your criteria, but if you click on the smaller images it will give you a lot more information on hardiness levels (fully hardy means they can cope with the weather in Scotland) as well as leaf colour etc. Unfortunately though I do not have a list of plants which are not poisonous to horses, but your local vet may be able to help you with this. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/plcid.30/ Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

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