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A unique tart and sweet combination. Tart skin covers the sweet flesh of these tasty, ruby berries, so you can enjoy both flavors. Perfect for making pies and jams. Bushes are heavy producers, even when young. Mildew-resistant and cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet, Tangy
Texture Soft, Juicy
Years to Bear 3 - 4
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 3 - 5' tall x 3 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow gooseberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
My mom talked about how good gooseberries are.
M on Feb 22, 2020
I wanted a sweet yet tart but not overly tart gooseberry of a different variety of than the Jostaberry as a pollinator companion.
Seth G on May 13, 2019
My mom talked about how good gooseberries are.
M on Feb 22, 2020
flavor, hardiness and thorny hedge
Russell R on Jan 27, 2020
I wanted a sweet yet tart but not overly tart gooseberry of a different variety of than the Jostaberry as a pollinator companion.
Seth G on May 13, 2019
Nutrition. I have too much shade. This should grow in part shade. I also have a small lot. I don't have room for full sized trees.
Teresa D on May 4, 2019
Their color, and description of flavor seemed like something we???d like to try; something fun and new to add to our ever growing berry patch.
Megan N on Apr 27, 2019
Love gooseberry jam
Kayleen E on Apr 26, 2019
Good flavor
Kathleen E on Apr 8, 2019
Why not buy 2 kinds!
Rivette G on Mar 15, 2019
Because they were red and going to make jelly
Charles K on Jan 30, 2019
Its an native gooseberry, so perhaps more likely to get along up in our cold Pocono Mountains, they are nicely colored so antioxidants might be a bit higher, and were said to be productive. The reviews are good. We'll give 'em a chance.
MONT S on Aug 8, 2018
Expanding my edible landscape, will see how they do in my area of Puget Sound...
Kathryn T on Jul 3, 2018
Heard they were very easy to grow and tasty to eat!
Adrienne M on May 18, 2018
Have one already and love it.
Lynn W E on Jul 12, 2017
Gooseberries used to be a common berry shrub in swedish gardens and I loved to pick them at my grandmothers place. They have a special place in my heart.
Maria F on Mar 25, 2017
I've heard excellent things about the Hinnonmaki red gooseberries - had to try it for myself
Jenny D on Mar 24, 2017
It's a self pollinator for my zone and at low risk for pests. I want to build a home garden of edibles and this looks like a good addition.
Nikki W on Feb 28, 2017
Had them growing up!
Roy R on Apr 5, 2016
Why did I choose this? Its a variety that I do not have yet.
dan s on Mar 15, 2016
I've done well with regular gooseberries. I thought I'd try something exotic!
Chris D on Mar 7, 2016
flavor, hardiness and thorny hedge
Russell R on Jan 27, 2020
Nutrition. I have too much shade. This should grow in part shade. I also have a small lot. I don't have room for full sized trees.
Teresa D on May 4, 2019
Can I prune these in the spring and set them in a bucket of water with a root starter and get starts?
Scooter Joe on May 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not sure on a bucket of water, but I have put 6 cuttings in an aquaponics bed and they are taking off.
once harvested how long do the berries keep?
soccer freak on Jul 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you clean the skirt and step off, wash them, dry them, they can be frozen for use anytime. I keep about 8 gallons of gooseberries in the freezer until ready to use. They stay indefinitely, or as long as the next season approaches.
Is this a good fresh eating variety?
Grower on Jul 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My Hinnomaki red is bearing heavily in it's second year and the berries are delicious. But the fruit bearing branches are very close to the ground and the chipmunks are enjoying them more than me. Hopefully the plants will get taller next year.
Do these Gooseberries have thorns?
HovFam on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wear a long sleeve shirt when picking. Work your arm carefully to the center and come back to pick the berries. The thorns point outward so once you have carefully got your arm in the center, bring your hand/arm back out and the thorns are less likely to prick your skin. The long sleeves (heavy shirt) prevent most of the pricking. The first year and before I learned how to pick the berries, my arms were scratched throughout. When you pick, the berries usually hang on the down side so you can blindly feel the berries as you pick them. The reward is well worth the effort.
If I did want to plant a pollinating partner for greater yield, what would be a good partner?
Betty F on Jul 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend the Invicta Gooseberry.

I've had good success planting pairs of Invicta and Hinnomaki.

The invicta appears to be faster growing than the Hinnomaki but both varieties bore fruit the year after they were planted.

My soil has good drainage and a slightly alkaline ph.
I heard that gooseberries can transmit a disease to white pines, is this true?
steve d on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: White pines and ribes (gooseberries and currents) are both hosts to white pine
blister rust. To be the very safest do not plant them together in your yard. I have no white pine and so I decided to plant them. Some varieties are not as sensitive as others.
Can I plant these in a pot/container? Also, will they produce fruit this year or do I have to wait a year? Thanks!
Christopher B on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Growing fruiting perennials in a pot can be tricky. This is because the temperature of the soil can easily fluctuate....completely freezing all the roots in cold climates in winter and becoming too hot during the summer which both can put unnecessary stress on the plant. The larger the pot the better. If you keep it well watered in summer and can shade it during hot weather that would help. Also protect it during extreme cold so your chances of successfully fruiting in a pot increase. I have ordered several gooseberries and they all lightly fruited the first year and fruit production gradually increased in subsequent years.
Are these thornless plants?
Norm P on Mar 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, the bushes definitely have thorns.
Is this variety heat tolerant? I would like to plant against an east facing wall. Local ambient summertime temp along with reflection can get pretty toasty.
Anita on Jul 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's zoned through Zone 8 so it will tolerate heat as long as you are in that growing zone. Reflective heat is worse than absorptive heat for plants, i.e., if you have white siding or paint on that east wall, that will do more harm than if you have brick or a dark color, which will absorb vs. reflect.

Customer Reviews

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I love these plants. I had them growing up, bought one last year and put it in the ground in partial shade just like I remembered them liking, and low and behold, I got some fruits that year, just like I remembered. Yes, there are thorns, but they're GOOSEBERRIES :) Nice plant.
May 5, 2017
over 3 years ago
2017-July- The Hinnonmaki Red survived the winter Minus 20-25 degrees, at 8000 feet in the mountains west of Denver. A little new growth, plant is about 1 foot high right now may be just a slow grower, but it is growing.
July 15, 2017
over 3 years ago
Protect from Raccoons
If you have raccoons in your area, they will strip the berries from these bushes. We had to build a cage around our bushes. Last year they took every berry, right before I would have picked them. Not this year!
June 22, 2018
Very tasty and low maintenance
We've had our gooseberry bushes for three years and they are loaded with berries. We like to eat them straight off the bush. Our soil is terrible and I don't prune them like I should, yet they do wonderfully. I do fertilize them in the spring but that is about all the care I give them.
July 8, 2017
over 5 years ago
Red Gooseberry and Currant plants.
Excellent quality Bushes. Planted 3 different varieties last year in spring and they began to show foliage and took hold without any difficulties. By this spring all 14 bushes are blooming like crazy (7 gooseberries and 7 Currants). I suspect that I may even get berries in this second year of their life. That’s an excellent quality plant and I can’t wait to see the first berries come out. By the way, the seven bushes of black, red and white currant were all of excellent quality also. All are showing vigorous growth with strong foliage and branch networks. Definitely safe to buy these plants from Stark Bros. My region is Alllentown PA.
May 13, 2018
over 2 years ago
I have two and doing well
These are doing very well. Very delicious fruit. Was pleased with the size of these plants. They do have spines but are no bothered by deer or rabbits...though the birds last year discovered their fruits! These also tend to sucker.
May 10, 2017
over 3 years ago
Hinnonmaki Red Gooseberry
My gooseberry plant, purchased in 2016 started growing immediately and has berries on it now, (2017). As fast as it is growing, I have hope to get enough for a pie next year.
Gooseberries make delicious pies.
June 18, 2017
over 3 years ago
Great plant!
Has not fruited yet but has grown into a nice sized shrub- very care free.
June 22, 2017
over 3 years ago
Red Gooseberry
It seems to be doing berries as yet but our area is tough on fruiting plants so will continue to watch and wait.
May 21, 2016
over 4 years ago
Growing nicely. Have to wait to see how it bears fruit.
June 12, 2018
over 2 years ago