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Gooseberry, Tixia TM

Gooseberry, Tixia TM

Ribes uva-crispa 'gooseberry Tixia'

Sold as plug plant at sale

Sourced from MA


Semi-thornless. Red fruit. Mildew resistant. 


Self fertile - can reproduce with one plant, but planting two or more is preferred. Will also pollinate others. 

  • Description

    European Gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa)  are Native from 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. 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 delicious fresh and also make mouth-watering pies, jams and jellies. Fruit ripens in July. High yielding plants are mildew resistant.

    (Variety - Rafzvicta) 

    Recommend a soil pH level of 6.0 - 6.5 for gooseberry plants. 

    This gooseberry will bear fruit 1 year after planting.

    Berry Color: Red
    Berry Size: Large
    Best in Zones: 3 - 7
    Flavor: Excellent
    Freezing Quality: Good
    Habit: Upright

    Physical Details

    Height: 36 To 60

    Foliage Color: Green

    Fruit Color: Red

    Spacing: 36 To 42

    Prune Time: When Plants Are Still Dormant

    [description from Nourse Farms and]

  • Resources

    Article by Joe Rankin, Northern Woodlands


    Currants and Gooseberries, UMass Extension Fruit Program