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American Gooseberry

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American Gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum)A native gooseberry that produces abundant yellow-green fruit that ripens to red with a purplish blush; berries have sweet flesh and tangy skin; resistant to mildew; needs regular pruning for best production

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Ribes
Species:
hirtellum
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
orange
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Hairy-Stemmed Gooseberry, Swamp Gooseberry
Branching:
multi-stemmed

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Planting & Growing

American Gooseberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This shrub is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is native to parts of North America.

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