Ribes vilmorinii planted on the Chinese hillside has the remains of startlingly bright leaf colour. This is a deciduous species native to NW Yunnan into Sichuan and Hubei Provinces of China. Found at 1600 – 4000m through forests on mountain slopes.
By retaining leaves late into the season it is possibly compensating for leafing out late in spring. The plant matures into a small growing shrub of slender stemmed habit covered in deeply indented, irregular shaped foliage adding hues of red, orange and yellow colour to the garden at this time of year.