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Jostaberry is a cross between the black currant and gooseberry. It produces small, dark-colored fruit that has a sweet and tangy flavor. Its’ fruit looks like a gooseberry until it turns nearly black and ripens. Jostaberries are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. They can be eaten fresh, used in jams and jellies, or added to pies and other baked goods. The jostaberry plant is a hardy shrub that is disease-resistant and self-pollinating.

  • Excellent producer
  • Cold hardy & self-pollinating
  • Disease-resistant


Plant Details +

Botanical Ribes 'nidigrolaria'
Common Name Jostaberry
Family Grossulariaceae
Height 4-6'
Spacing 5'
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Dark red to nearly blue-black when ripe
Harvest Mid to Late Summer

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained, sandy loamy soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Pruning: Remove weak and crossing branches in the early Winter, once the leaves have fallen and you see what you are doing. In the Summer, say in June, shorten the new growth to prevent the plant getting too big and completely out of control. This should also encourage the formation of fruiting buds for the next year. After several years, it may be a good idea to rejuvenate the bush by cutting out some of the oldest branches from the base, allowing new branches to grow and eventually fruit.

Pests or Diseases: Resistant to American Gooseberry Mildew, gall mite, blackcurrant leaf spot, and the White Pine Blister Ant.