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Gooseberry, Tixia TM

Gooseberry, Tixia TM

Ribes uva-crispa 'gooseberry Tixia'

Family: Grossulariaceae

Sold as plug plant at sale

Sourced from MA


Semi-thornless. Red fruit. Mildew resistant. 

  • General Information

    Recommended Spacing (ft) 3
    Mature Width (ft) 2 - 3
    Mature Height (ft) 3 - 5
    Pollination Needs Self-fertile, yield increases with multiple
    Bloom Time March to May
    Ripens/Harvest July

    Soil pH

    6.0 - 6.5
    Soil Type Loamy, Sandy
    Soil Moisture Well-drained
    Sun Preference Full Sun, Partial Shade
    Taste Sweet-Tart
    Texture Firm


  • Description

    European Gooseberries are Native to Scandanavia south to eastern North Africa. They have been cultivated since the 13th Century in Europe, with popularity growing in the 1500s. 


    There is also a gooseberry species native to North America. Not surprisingly, settlers cultivated and hybridized these plants with European types. In the US, Gooseberries gained commercial popularity by the mid-1800s. 

    Ribes  (Currants and Gooseberries) were found to be a host for white pine blister rust. Eradication of gooseberries was put on the forefront from 1910 through the 1960s to help save pine species. Today, Vermont has no ban on Ribes, but white pine blister rust is present in the state. Modern gooseberry cultivars have resistance to the pathogen, but pines remain susceptible. 


    This red gooseberry is semi-thornless, very vigorous, and productive. Its fruit is very large with a beautiful, bright red color.


    Jumbo bright red fruits on nearly thornless canes. Developed in Switzerland where gooseberries are favorites, Tixia™ allows for painless picking as its one-year canes have few thorns, and those that remain are relatively soft. Huge, elongated, smooth red fruits with succulent 'sweet-tart' flavor are deliciously fresh and also make mouth-watering pies, jams, and jellies. Fruit ripens in July. High-yielding plants are mildew resistant.


    This gooseberry will bear fruit 1 year after planting.


    [description from Nourse Farms and]

  • Resources

    Article by Joe Rankin, Northern Woodlands


    Currants and Gooseberries, UMass Extension Fruit Program

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