spreading gooseberry Grossulariaceae Ribes divaricatum
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, orbicular, palmately 3 or 5-lobed, serrated; to 2 1/2 inches; dark green and slightly pubescent above, paler and pubescent below; petiole with glandular hairs.
Flower:Species is monoecious; very distinctive with reflexed purple sepals surrounding much smaller white-pink petals and long stamens; appearing in small dangling clusters of 1-5 in early spring.
Fruit:Blue-black when ripe, pea-sized berries; edible and delicious; ripening in mid-summer.
Twig:Red-brown to gray-brown, glabrous or pubescent, usually with one to three red-brown thorns at each node; buds are scaly and red-brown.
Bark:Red-brown to gray-brown, may be covered in small thorns.
Form:An upright to spreading multi-stem shrub with arching canes to 10 feet in height.