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Ribes uva-crispa 'Little Ben'


Ribes uva-crispa 'Little Ben' is a compact gooseberry that produces tasty large sized red fruit.

Ribes uva-crispa 'Little Ben' is a well behaved, compact, thorny, dwarf gooseberry shrub. Blooms are insignificant yellow-green followed by plentiful large fruit that ripens from green to pink then red in mid-summer. Fruit is sweet and flavourful with tart skins. May be eaten fresh, processed for preserves, or used in baking. Gooseberries are highly nutritious and are particularly high in vitamin A and phosphorus. They are self-fertile and extremely hardy. Fruit is borne on younger branches. Prune during dormancy. Removed first year's blooms to encourage root establishment. Deer resistant.

Common Name: Gooseberry

Family: Grossulariaceae (The Gooseberry Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-8

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Red

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Moist to dry forests and rock outcrops in lowlands and mountains.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - North Central and Eastern Asia

Asia and the Pacific - Himalayas

Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

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