Twice the production of other green gooseberries. This plant bears abundant crops of large berries that are delicious fresh or in pies or preserves. Mildew-resistant and cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Light Green
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet, Mild, Tart
Texture Soft Flesh
Years to Bear 3 - 4
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
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!

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.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
grapes don't do well trying something else
CHARLES B on Apr 9, 2021
Gooseberries were a favorite, of my Grand Dad, memories.
Teresa P on Apr 3, 2021
grapes don't do well trying something else
CHARLES B on Apr 9, 2021
Good for fruit punches
Yaryna B on Apr 8, 2021
Gooseberries were a favorite, of my Grand Dad, memories.
Teresa P on Apr 3, 2021
hungry for a gooseberry cobbler
Darrel T on Apr 3, 2021
Trying something new
Elizabeth H on Mar 23, 2021
Old fashioned plant that grows well in partial shade. Excellent plant for thorns...plant under windows to prevent intruders from peeking inside.
Mary M on Feb 15, 2021
I'm from the UK and I love gooseberry pie which is made with green gooseberries.
Diana K on Feb 9, 2021
Another kind of berry to add to my land :) and I think it???s on sale
shelley s on May 25, 2020
We've recently relocated. Our local garden center had only red gooseberry bushes for sale; I wanted gooseberries that looked like the kind we had in our old back yard, from which I made vast amounts of jam every year. I waffled between these and the Pixwell. Since these have longer thorns, which I hope will make them less attractive to the many deer in our neighborhood, I went with Invicta.
Banna R on May 8, 2020
As a part of our food forestation program
Charles W on Apr 23, 2020
I read reviews and YouTube videos that stated this variety is a good disease resistant Gooseberry. We shall see! I'm looking forward to planting it.
Kacy W on Apr 19, 2020
I needed more for a gooseberry pie!
Teresa P on Apr 9, 2020
I wanted green Gooseberries.
Terry on Jan 28, 2020
I wanted a variety other than Pixwell which I already have and want a larger berry for pie making.
Paul B on Jan 20, 2020
I grew up eating them and they don???t sell them in the stores
KINGA H on Jan 17, 2020
I had it in Poland 12 years ago and was never able to find it in America and I remember how much I loved it
Julia Z on Apr 26, 2019
very large sweet berries
Norman E on Apr 14, 2019
Disease resistant
Kathleen E on Apr 8, 2019
I am an experimental gardener and love to grow a variety of fruits and plants.
Anne G on Feb 9, 2019
New Mexico State University recommends this for my location.
DENNIS C on Feb 5, 2019
I am from England and can???t find gooseberries in the stores, like we can at home.
Betsy on Jan 4, 2019
Had as a child and found out I can raise them in TN. Love them.
Dorothy C on Jun 28, 2018
My grandfather had one and it will bring back those memories. I am planning on planting at my fathers farm.
Dawn A on Jun 9, 2018
My grandparents grew gooseberries next to the walkway to their farm house. Their gooseberry compote was delicious. Sweet memories.
Peter W on Oct 30, 2017
Had these as a child growing up, wanted to use them in a gin recipe
Karl L on Jul 11, 2017
Everyone needs gooseberry pie!
SUSAN O on Apr 28, 2017
Because I love gooseberry pie and they are difficult to find in the U.S. (at least in Missouri).
James W on Mar 31, 2017
To replace an old shrub that had finally ceased to produce well. We didn't want to be without gooseberries! They make an excellent jam or jelly, by themselves and also mixed with black currants.
P R on Mar 13, 2017
My mother had one when I was a child
Margherita R on Mar 11, 2017
Gooseberry pie is awesome. I can't get gooseberries anywhere locally so I want to grow my own.
Jock N on Jan 14, 2017
They are a European variety that has better flavor and larger size than regular varieties.
Thomas R on Oct 30, 2016
Gooseberries make the world's best tasting pies!
Tom B on Jun 20, 2016
Husband likes gooseberries, variety of apples make great pie, hoping variety of gooseberries will do same.
Anita P on Jun 18, 2016
I used to it them as a child at my grandmothers house, it grew on the hill top.
Marilyn S on Jun 13, 2016
I have one plant that has very small gooseberries, and have been anxious to find the european variety I grew up with.
Jo F on Jun 12, 2016
My Father has been looking for Gooseberries for years, I found this site to be very helpful and explained a lot of what I did not know.
Renee J on May 31, 2016
Similar taste to grapes and low maintenance after its established in a year. Natural resistance to powdery mildew too.
Sharifur S on May 25, 2016
Familiar with it and successful in the past
SUSAN B on May 12, 2016
Love the taste and can almost never find gooseberries at retail.
Barry B on May 6, 2016
Wanted a second variety from my Pixwell plant
Donald B on May 5, 2016
I grew up with these on our farm. A great berry for just eating, or jams and pies.
Loren B on May 5, 2016
this is the same type that my Grandmother had.
George W on Apr 27, 2016
Commercially available cultivar of native berry, similar to native. Good for eating and for wildlife.
Perry C on Apr 21, 2016
because they don't sell it in stores
STANISLAV K on Mar 31, 2016
Because I have another one.
Michele C on Mar 9, 2016
Good for fruit punches
Yaryna B on Apr 8, 2021
hungry for a gooseberry cobbler
Darrel T on Apr 3, 2021
Would this variety prune well into a standard?
Henry on Nov 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure how big a "standard" is, but we have had our gooseberry for at least 4 years and have never pruned it. It is now about 3' high and 4' wide.
I have white pines in my back yard. Can all gooseberries carry white pine blister?
Diane P on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is predominantly a problem with European Black currants, but yes, all plants in the Ribes genus can act as an intermediate.
do you have a gooseberry bush that is either thornless or less thorny?
Kolissa M on May 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: "Pixwell" gooseberry has small thorns and "Captivator" gooseberry is nearly thornless. Jostaberry is a cross between a gooseberry and a black currant and it is thornless.
can a gooseberry bush be pruned in early summer ?
paul j on Jun 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: When it comes to pruning there are two schools of thought. One says you
should only prune when plants are dormant. The other says you can prune
"whenever your pruners are sharp." I follow the first school unless I am trying to reduce the vigor of re-growth after pruning, such as when pruning dwarf apples--then I prune in July.
Can gooseberries be grown in pots?
Koren B on Feb 1, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
How old is gooseberry plant when shipped and when should i expect berries?? Thanks
mirel F on Jan 21, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree plant 3-4 years to bear. The age and size information is as follows: 4??? pot: 6-12 months old and 4??? tall bare root: 1 year old and 12-18??? tall
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I grow gooseberry I my zone 9B?
Gopalakrishnan a on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Gooseberries are only recommended to zone 8. It's too warm in 9b and the bush will not produce fruit.
Is invicta or Pixwell gooseberry Indian gooseberry?
Jennifer F on May 6, 2020

Customer Reviews

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My favorite ~ gooseberries
I had searched for several years for the gooseberries I remembered from my childhood ~ and when I found these, immediately ordered 2. They were healthy and strong, and we enjoyed the fruits in our favorite tarts the first year! This year we are looking for enough harvest to can a few jars. I would recommend this to everyone!
May 25, 2016
over 4 years ago
Invicta Goosberry bush
This gooseberry bush is fantastic and produces large gooseberries starting in the third year. These are fantastic producers and with 3 previously planted bushes and a couple of new ones to add to the crop, I get enough for 4 pies plus 3 gallons of wine. Make sure the area is planted in an area that does not get soaked by rain. These bushes like it dry and too much water can kill the production. They take no effort, rabbits and vermit don't eat them so the whole crop is all yours. I train the bushes and have a posts to keep them growing up and out. Fantastic fruit bush for out of the way plantings with little upkeep. I will consider planting some in out of the way public areas to come back and harvest the crop. The biggest issue is pinching the skirt and stem off. I freeze the berries and have gooseberry pie as desired. Enjoy.
May 18, 2017
over 5 years ago
Gooseberry bushes
I can't believe how many berries we have....and it's the first year. Wow!
May 22, 2017
over 4 years ago
Arrived in good condition last Spring... She has leaves and blossoms all over her this year, we shall see if I get any fruit this year, but the plant is beautiful
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Invicta Gooseberry
Very happy with our gooseberry bush. Would definitely recommend this product.
May 14, 2016
over 6 years ago
I planted this here in southeastern Wisconsin early spring 2016. The very first year it produced berries and it's been going strong since! It's a fast and messy grower, and the thorns are long and pretty brutal... I wouldn't mess with it without elbow-high heavy duty gloves, and even then be careful. I had a limited area for it to grow without crowding other plants, and if left to its messy ways the canes will droop and snake along the ground and sucker into new plants. Which was nice for sharing a few with friends, but not what I want to deal with every year. So I chose a leader to stake upright and train its growth more. When I go to harvest the berries I prune it back pretty aggressively to let light/air in the center and keep it how/where I want it. It's been working well for me so far.
January 3, 2019
Slow growing
Well, I have to say it is a very tough plant but it is also very slow growing. It did well the first year but year two and so far this year it isn't showing any sign of getting larger.

It has bloomed every spring but only a few blossoms but they do set and produce gooseberries. It is in a raised bed with excellent sun, soil and moisture, just no bigger than year one.
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Huge Plants In Just 1 Year
Great, I cannot believe how many gooseberries are on the plants. I can't wait for them to ripen.
Great buy
June 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
Not Impressed
The plant arrived very dry with little sign of any life. It was immersed in water overnight and planted the next day in high quality moisture control potting soil and watered faithfully. The plant never showed any sign of life yet the other plants around it, and planted at the same time, thrived.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Love Gooseberry Plant
I have liked my Invicta Gooseberry plant. It arrived promptly. It was planted carefully in a big pot. It survived very well through the winter and produced gooseberries the first summer. Not enough berries to make a pie. I now have another gooseberry plant, planted in the ground, and hope to harvest enough berries to make a pie this year. Thanks for the nice plant.
May 29, 2017
over 4 years ago