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The Jostaberry is a complex cross between the European black currant and North American and European wild gooseberries. Like other currants, the Jostaberry is disease-resistant, packed with vitamin C, and is a prolific grower. But the leaves look like a gooseberry, and the ripening berries look like gooseberry, too. The big change comes when the berries fully ripen: they turn a deep purple that looks almost black. As a bonus, this plant is thornless.


  • Mildew-resistant
  • Mature height: 3 to 5 feet
  • Mature width: 3 to 6 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7
  • Chill Hours: 1,000 (minimum)
  • Sunlight: Partial to full
  • Harvest time: June to July
  • Bearing Age: Two to three years after planting
  • Good for preserves, pies, fresh eating, juice
  • Cold-hardy to -40 degrees F

Have you ever grown Jostaberry bushes? Please tell us your favorite thing about them and your experiences growing Jostaberries.


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