This genus includes the fruiting Currants and Gooseberries. Several of the species are beautiful flowering deciduous shrubs and bloom early. The principal ornamental species are aureum, height up to six feet, yellow, April, there are several forms, including an early, praecox; Gordonianum, eight feet, a hybrid between aureum and sanguineum, yellow and red, spring; sanguineum, eight feet, rose, March, several varieties, including white, deep red, double and pale pink; and speciosum, eight feet, red, summer, very beautiful. Sanguineum is one of the most useful shrubs for exposed places and poor limestone soil. The foliage has an agreeable aromatic odour, especially after rain.
Amongst the most useful of small trees, because the foliage is graceful, the flowers are attractive and they will thrive in town gardens. The principal species are hispida, the Rose Acacia, height up to eight feet, rose flowers in May, inermis (syn. macro phylla) is a superior form without prickles; neo-mexicana, thirty feet, rose flowers in autumn; Pseudacacia, the Locust Tree, False or Bastard Acacia, thirty to fifty feet, white flowers in spring, angustifolia, aurea, Bessoniana, crispa, robusta Vignei, Decaisneana, inermis, i. variegata, semperflorens and tortuosa are good varieties of it; and viscosa (syn. glutinosa), thirty feet, rose flowers in May. Ordinary soil.