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Poorman Gooseberry

Poorman Gooseberry

Poorman Gooseberry

Poorman Gooseberry

Poorman Gooseberry

The Poorman gooseberry is considered to be one of the very best gooseberries to grow in North America. The small berries start off green, then ripen to a lovely red, and you can eat them right off the bush. Serve in fresh fruit salad, as a topping for ice cream, or as a garnish for grilled fish.


  • Disease-resistant
  • Mature height: 4 to 6 feet
  • Mature width: 3 to 4 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
  • Chill Hours: 1,000 (minimum)
  • Sunlight: Full
  • Harvest time: June to July
  • Bearing Age: Two to three years after planting
  • Good for canning, preserves, desserts, pies, fresh eating
  • Cold-hardy to -40 degrees F

Have you ever grown a Poorman gooseberry bush? Please tell us about your experiences with the Poorman gooseberry.


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