Ribes uva-crispa x missouriense 'Pixwell'
Prohibited to DE, ME, NC, NH, NJ & WV, and by permit only to MA.
Unlike most gooseberries, Pixwell has very few thorns, making the harvest of its abundant, crunchy, mild and sweet pink-to-purple berries less of an adventure and more of a pleasure. It is rust and mildew resistant and has decorative burgundy fall leaf color. One of the best for pies and jams (and the landscape)! Ripens early-midseason and averages 4-5# yield per plant. Canes are vigorous and spreading, with a mature bush size of about 4' x 5'.
Prefers sun to part shade in hotter summer climates. Evenly moist soils with optimal ph of 5.8-6.8 and amended with organic matter regularly will produce vigorous plants with best yields. Plants reach mature bearing age by years 4-5, but begin fruiting as early as year 2, and will remain productive for 15-20 years or more. Space at 4'-5' for optimal airflow.
Gooseberries, highly prized in Europe as an important part of a well-rounded garden, have been sadly neglected in America, perhaps because people remember gooseberries as tart and mouth puckering - but sweet varieties are wonderful for fresh eating! Gooseberries generally ripen in early summer, just after strawberries. We offer well-rooted, one-year bushes. Hardy to USDA Zone 3.
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