Virginia Tech Dendrology

Sierra gooseberry Grossulariaceae Ribes roezlii Regel Listen to the Latin symbol: RIRO
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, palmately lobed (3 to 5 lobes), round in outline, 1 inch in diameter; hairless or hairy, lacking sticky glands.
Flower: Species is monoecious, small, pendulous, red to purple sepals with 5 white petals, occur singly or in clusters of 2-3, spectacularly showy.
Fruit: Dark purple, 1/2 inch red to purple berries covered with sharp spines and gland-tipped bristles, edible.
Twig: Heavily armed at nodes with tri-parted spines, no prickles between the nodes, twig and spines distinctly red when young.
Bark: Gray-brown, lenticellate, splitting.
Form: Spiny deciduous shrub 2-5’ tall, erect in sun or trailing in shade, grows alone or in thickets.
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Additional Range Information: Ribes roezlii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Sierra gooseberry.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson