Comanche gooseberry

Ribes uva-crispa 'Red Jacket'

Comanche gooseberry, Ribes uva-crispa Red Jacket, Plant Select
Bright green leaves set off many clusters of sweet, huge, red berries in midsummer. Mounding plant with long thorns; good as a hedge. This is the original selection from England, not the selection from Canada. Powdery mildew resistant. Very hardy. Shrub.

Tips from the pros: Begins to bear fruit on 2 year old wood. Production decreases after the branch is 4 years old, so remove all branches 4 years or older by pruning them to the ground. This allows the younger fruiting branches more sun and air circulation and promotes the health of the shrub.
Plant Type Shrub
Height 2-3 feet
Width 4-5 feet
Flowering Season Midsummer
Flower Color Inconspicuous
Sun Sun, Partial Sun
Water Needs Moderate
USDA Hardiness Zone Zones 3-9
Soil Type Clay, loam, sandy
Deer Resistant Yes
Good for Pollination Yes
Winter Interest No
North American Native No
Year Introduced 2001