Ribes King Edward VII, is a pretty flowering shrub that makes a good informal hedging plant. It will grow on any soil with decent drainage.
Ribes King Edward VII is good for hedges up to about 2-3 metres high.
Although this shrub will produce edible fruit, if you want to harvest crops of delicious currants, we recommend our varieties of red, white or blackcurrant plants.
Ribes King Edward VII hedge plants are delivered bareroot during winter (Nov-March) and pot-grown year round.
Bareroot bushes are cheaper than pot grown plants. Pot grown plants are available in the largest sizes.
Choosing a size:
When you are ordering Ribes King Edward VII plants for a hedge, we generally recommend that you use the smaller, bareroot plants. They are cheaper than the larger, pot-grown plants, easier to handle and they will establish well in poor conditions.
Use the bigger, pot-grown plants if you want a taller hedge quickly or for instant impact as a specimen shrub.
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots or pots aren't measured).
Spacing a Ribes King Edward VII hedge:
Plant Ribes King Edward VII hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
General description of Ribes King Edward VII plants:
This ornamental currant is an elegant shrub carrying strongly scented dark pink, almost purple, flowers in April and dark berries in summer. These are edible, but they don't taste as good as a proper fruiting currant.
This is an excellent plant for difficult positions as it grows in just about any soil. It can be used as a specimen shrub or an informal single species hedge. For a secure hedge, we advise interplanting it with a tough, thorny plant like hawthorn or blackthorn.
History & uses of Ribes sanguineum King Edward VII:
This North American species has been growing wild in Britain since the first half of the 1800's. This variety was bred during the reign of Queen Victoria, but she died before it was released and it was named after the new king.