Chaparral currant. Winter-blooming shrub selected from near the summit of Montara Mountain in San Mateo County. Flowers form in drooping clusters of rose-red buds that open a dark rose color in December and January. Tough and durable with dull green leaves, a rough texture and twiggy, branching habit. Mature plants reach 5’ with a slightly narrower spread. Plants in our garden have produced remarkable, although short, butterscotch colors each fall. Best used in full sun or light shade in coastal gardens. Hardy to 0F. California.