Thicket-forming shrub. Leaves 2 in (5.1 cm), with three rounded lobes, on 2 in (5.1 cm) stalks. Flowers 0.5 in (1.3 cm), yellow, tubular, loosely clustered. Fruit: berries tiny, orange to yellow to blue-black; edible. Height: 6 ft (1.8 m).
British Columbia to Saskatchewan and across the continental U.S. from the West Coast east to Tennessee, the Great Lakes, and Vermont. Not found in the southeastern states, Kentucky, eastern Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Hampshire or Maine.
A native of the West, golden currant has been planted eastward in the United States and has escaped from cultivation and naturalized in many places.