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Zones 4 to 8
4 to 6 feet
2 feet plus
Green, maturing to purple or yellow
Full sun to partial shade
Planting and Care
Gooseberries are still banned in come communities. Check before planting.
Grow in a cool location with good air circulation to reduce disease problems. Properly space and plant on a trellis to reduce disease problems.
Powdery mildew, anthracnose, leaf spot, aphids, borers, stem girdlers
Varieties to Consider
American gooseberries are smaller but more resistant to mildew than the European types. European types produce larger and better tasting fruit.
Pixwell Gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum 'Pixwell') - Zones 3-8, fast grower up to 5'
Did You Know
Currants and gooseberries are an alternative host for white pine blister rust. This disease can be devastating to white pine plantations and lead to the banning of these and gooseberries in the early 1900’s. Some communities have maintained the ban.