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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Lower Garden
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones


    This uncommon shrub produces tart green fruits in summer that are suitable for jams and desserts. They have many sharp thorns and some care should be used when working around them.

    Latin Name

    Ribes uva-crispa


    Family

    Grossulariaceae


    Type of Plant

    Fruit
    Shrub

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 4'

    Uses

  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tollerances

  • Rabbit

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Europe, north Africa, and southeast Asia


    History

    Washington wrote to Edward Newenham in 1789, "I have just been returning my thanks for his Gooseberry plants to your friend Colonel Persse, who I perceive is a fond admirer of a Country life, as well as myself."


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