Tree of the Month: Golden Currant

The Golden Currant is an attractive shrub with edible fruit. The hearty plant, common in sandy areas of Kansas and Missouri, has been in bloom for a couple of weeks. The yellow blossoms are followed by a

golden currant

Image via Kansas Forest Service

small, rounded, edible fruit which is dark purple when ripe.  The edible fruit can be good in pies, jam and jelly…with a tasty recipe! The deciduous shrub prefers well-drained soil and provides food and shelter for songbirds. The blooms have a clover smell which many find appealing. The golden currant is a dual-use species, and is therefore good for both ornamental and conservation purposes. It can be used as a soil stabilizer; ask a landscaping professional for details.


Do you have a golden currant or other plant that needs care? Contact Cartwright Tree Care in Missouri and Kansas. Online at or call 816-965-6758.

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