Northern Gooseberry


(Ribes oxyacanthoides)

Northern Gooseberry
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Northern Gooseberry
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Northern Gooseberry
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Northern Gooseberry is a small fruiting shrub reaching up to 5 feet in height. Native to North America, it ranges from east to west coast and occupies a variety of habitats. This includes slopes, rocky bluffs, gravelly shores, moist thickets, and forest openings. Northern gooseberry prefers part shade but is tolerant of heavy shade. It also tolerates a variety of soil types but prefers moist, well drained soil in treed areas.

Stems are Spiny and bear clusters lobed dissected leaves. Both male and female organs are present on the plant and flowers are pollinated by insects. The fruit is tasty raw or cooked, and can be used in jams, pies or dried. As an alternate host for white pine blister rust, Northern Gooseberry can be a means of spreading the disease to five needle pine trees. Susceptible to honey fungus.


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