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Straggly Gooseberry

Straggly Gooseberry

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Ribes divaricatum


Also known as: Wild Black Gooseberry, Wild Coast Gooseberry

  • Size at maturity: 3-9' tall
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun, part sun/part shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: edible

The Straggly Gooseberry is not common in Portland. It is also called Wild Gooseberry. It has smooth, 1/2” purple berries that are edible, and which usually occur in small cluster of 2 to 4. The flowers may be green or purple and are about 1/5” across. Straggly Gooseberry has no thorns except for a few at the point where the leaf attaches to the twig. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

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