Appalachian gooseberry Grossulariaceae Ribes rotundifolium
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, palmately lobed (3 to 5 lobes), 2 to 4 inches long, large rounded teeth; dark green and resin dotted, paler and more resin dotted below. May need hand lens to see resin dots.
Flower:Perfect; small, pale yellow or white, tubular flowers borne in mid-spring, in showy, hanging clusters several inches long.
Fruit:Black, round, 1/3 inch berries in a hanging cluster, resin dotted, ripen in mid-summer.
Twig:Moderately stout, red-gray, maybe finely hairy especially when young or hairless, ridge (very slight wings) runs downward from leaf scar, may or may not have prickles.
Bark:Silvery gray, reddish tint and finely peeling.
Form:Small to medium shrub up to 5 feet tall.