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Scientific Name: Ribes uva-crispa
Pronunciation: RYE-beez YOU-vuh KRISS-puh
Common Name: gooseberry
Family Name: Grossulariaceae
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Key ID Features: Habit spreading; Leaves are irregular, rounded with (3-)5 lobes, spines sporadic (0 to 2 per node), stipules to 2 cm long, prickles on some stems.
Course(s): HORT 2355

Habit: Arching, Spreading
Form: Round
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:1.3 - 2.0m
Spread:1.5 - 2.0m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Africa, Europe, South Asia / India
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Small garden/space, Spring interest, Urban agriculture, Wildlife food
Additional Info: Google. May hybridize with blackcurrant.
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Lobed, Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Heavily veined, Palmate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Lustrous, Pubescent
Colour in Fall: Green-yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Deltoid, Orbicular, Ovate
Apices: Obtuse, Rounded
Bases: Truncate
Margins: Crenate, Dentate, Pinnately lobed

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Flowers clustered
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Campanulate
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Not showy, Green-yellow, (pink-green)
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Apr, May

Fruit Type: Berry (true)
Fruit Colour: Green, Green-yellow, Purple, Red, (purple fruit not common)
Fruiting Time: Jul, Aug
Additional Info: Showy, Edible, Technically a false berry (inferior ovary); sweet flesh with tart skin; fruit of wild varieties are smaller than shown and usually hairy

Bark or Stem Colour: Yellow, Brown
Organ Modifications: Prickles, Stipule, pointy spines

Propagation: Cuttings
Plant Care:
Other:needs regualr pruning for maximum fruit production
Pest Susceptibility: Rust, ( Rabbit resistant )
Specific Pests: gooseberry sawfly and maggot, white pine blister rust (look for disease resistant cvs.)
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