Red-flowering currant. Deciduous shrub 4-12’ high with maple-like leaves to 3” wide. Dense clusters of two-toned pink flowers, aging to red, appear January through March. Dull blue berries form later. Edible if one is desperate, as the taste is less than desirable. Full sun in coastal climates, partial shade inland, drought tolerant, but needs some water away from the coast. We find most sanguineum cultivars are better garden subjects with occasional summer water. Hardy to below 5F. Garden origin.