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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



Type of Plant

Fruits Fruits
Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season

May - June


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 4'


  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Rabbit

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds
    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Europe, north Africa, and southeast Asia


    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."

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Lower Garden
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b

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