Is an attractive African tree with lovely reddish autumn foliage now called the Searsia chirindensis. It is a semi-deciduous shrub to small tree, 6-10 m high. Young and coppicing branches are armed with spines, although the mature tree is spineless. makes an excellent garden tree with its lovely autumn foliage. It is also attractive when in fruit and will attract various fruit-eating birds to the garden. The red currant is a fast-growing tree (up to 1 m per year) and can be grown in full sun or partial shade. It should be planted in well-drained, composted soil.