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
Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Secondary Bloom Colour: Green
Bloom Time: Spring
Soil Moisture: Average, Moist
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
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