Pixwell Gooseberry

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What a berry treat! When these big oval berries change from their spring green to a blush-pink, they’re ready to pick and eat. Greatest pie ever made, and irresistible in jelly, too. Almost no care. Cold hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Pink
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July Zone 6
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm
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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Amazing taste that I remember from childhood.
Agnieszka L on May 5, 2021
I like these.
Dennis M on May 2, 2021
Amazing taste that I remember from childhood.
Agnieszka L on May 5, 2021
Drought-resistant and gooseberries are awesome!
Dan B on May 2, 2021
I like these.
Dennis M on May 2, 2021
Vitamin A E C..higher than kiwi
Yuanlin G on Apr 27, 2021
Beautiful plant with fruits
Praveen B on Apr 25, 2021
Childhood memories
sang S on Apr 24, 2021
I already have 2 pixwells. great little berry.
Vicki U on Apr 22, 2021
My grandmother used to have gooseberry bushes and I used to love the pies she used to make from them.
Eddy F on Apr 22, 2021
Looks like mini watermelon. 8^)
Rosemarie K on Apr 12, 2021
I???m a currant lover and excited to add these to the options!
Reid Y on Apr 4, 2021
Want to try gooseberries
Cristian T on Apr 4, 2021
Love the taste great vitamin c
Cheryl P on Mar 28, 2021
like to have all the different varieties
Ann T on Mar 16, 2021
Where my husband grew up, in Ontario, gooseberry plants were abundant and we would like to see if we can grow this plant.
Maryann G on Mar 5, 2021
Cold hardy and thornless
Debra L C on Feb 4, 2021
Good for Ohio
Elaine T on Jan 14, 2021
It???s time to try growing
Cynthia G on Jan 13, 2021
Love making preserves
dmitri a on Sep 16, 2020
I love gooseberries. Used to eat a lot in my youth.
JOHAN S on Aug 16, 2020
I wanted a perennial plant that produced an edible fruit yearly and could sustain part shade
Kenneth D on Jul 12, 2020
Had this growing up in New Jersey
Frank C on Jul 10, 2020
This is my second plant, the first took well and I am looking to increase harvest.
Douglas P on Jul 7, 2020
Want to Try this gooseberry taste,experience if it will survive in my zone
Madhavi S on Jun 30, 2020
My grandmother from Italy grew these and were my favorite
I never saw them again until now
David N on Jun 10, 2020
Sounded good and was onsale
Victor Bagnall on May 25, 2020
Cannot find local Gooseberry plants!!
Steve A on May 15, 2020
I like the pies
Paul G on Apr 12, 2020
Had good luck before
Rick J on Apr 5, 2020
My first two died that I bought and I still need them for my food forest
RYAN C on Apr 5, 2020
I grew up with two gooseberry bushes in my yard that my great grandparents planted. I always said when I had a place of my own, I'd own some gooseberry bushes. Now I will!
Candace F on Apr 4, 2020
Everything else was out. Poor selection offering.
Michael P on Mar 26, 2020
Curiosity. I heard they were delicious.
Kim E on Mar 26, 2020
faster growing than the smaller way of shipping and arrives alive not taking a chance of drying out the roots
stella s on Mar 26, 2020
Takes me back to my younger years when grandma and I would harvest gooseberries to make pie, time to remember the good old days.
Astrid H on Mar 25, 2020
Gooseberries can do very well here, and are easy to manage, and highly productive, for myself, and wildlife.
A C on Mar 21, 2020
Haven't been able to find any available. We had 8 bushes when I was a kid and I love gooseberry pie!
Keith S on Mar 13, 2020
M on Feb 22, 2020
I have more shade than I know what to do with
Megan L on Dec 9, 2019
Read about Mrs Madison sending some to Mrs. Monroe.
Tom K on Aug 2, 2019
Have had gooseberries in the past from Stark Bros and wanted them again
Debra G on Apr 24, 2019
ate them as a child
Norman E on Apr 14, 2019
We used to have Gooseberry plants when I was a kid. It made the absolute best pie I ever had. It reminds me of my mother whom I miss dearly.
Sandra W on Apr 12, 2019
It???s a fruit that???s not available in my region .
Marcos M on Apr 7, 2019
This sounds like the best gooseberry to make jellies and wines
Dan H on Mar 17, 2019
I love fruit! Tasted these berries last summer while walking in the neighborhood. Wanted to try them.
Rivette G on Mar 15, 2019
I???ve heard they???re very healthy for you
Erika P on May 23, 2018
we have had a gooseberry bush or 2 at every home I have ever lived, Gooseberry pie was my dads favorite. we recently moved and need to continue the tradition.
Elizabeth P on May 15, 2018
I have always been a big fan of gooseberries and Pixwell is the most common variety.
Jeanine L on May 1, 2018
Childhood memories of a flavorful cobbler.
TERESA S on Mar 11, 2017
Had them before... really liked them
Kim W on Jul 29, 2016
Drought-resistant and gooseberries are awesome!
Dan B on May 2, 2021
Vitamin A E C..higher than kiwi
Yuanlin G on Apr 27, 2021
How can I ensure my plants will be healthy and produce well?
Jacob on Jun 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You have to realize that gooseberry are more colder climate plants. I live in South Carolina and they haven't survived the heat so next time I planted them in partly shaded area and they are still performing well.
Take a soil sample to your local extension location and have it tested. Tell them what you will be growing in that soil and they will precisely tell you what ingredients it's missing.
Lately I've been a big fan of raised gardening for all my berries bushes such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries etc. Fill it with a good gardening soil (I usually purchase from mulch places around 35/bobcat scoop)
It's been producing a lot more especially if you live in the south and have to battle all this red clay.
Happy gardening :)
Does the Pixwell Gooseberry have thorns?
Pam B on Feb 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but fewer thorns than other varieties.
Do the pixwell gooseberry have the spiky fuzz that is on the invicta gooseberry? I am looking for a gooseberry with a smooth skin. Thanks, Barbara
Barbara V on Jul 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The skin of the pixwell gooseberries is smooth.
Are they tart in taste? Wondering it's the same variety that we make pickles out of it in India ????
Satya on Jun 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. They are sweet and tart

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
is the end of May to late to plant a gooseberry Pixwell?
Elloise M on May 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I plant mine late spring, in the end of May, 2 years ago. So far its growing good and I had a few berries last year
Do you need 2 plants to have fruit?
Eric H on Apr 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No. I had one by itself and it always got quite a bit of berries on it. I added a couple more a few years ago because we liked them so much! This particular species has done well, even in a lower sunlight area on the north side of my house (and under a large overhang on my house). I highly recommend it.
is pixwell gooseberry American or European?
toddy on Jun 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Pixwell is an American gooseberry.
Do deer eat gooseberries?
Virginia K on Apr 21, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi Virginia, Some say that deer resist gooseberries because of their thorny canes.
If I chose bare root and it gets delivered in March what do I do with it? I cannot plant it yet. Right?
Anna G on Mar 1, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you would like us to ship your order at a different time, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. We would be glad to help you arrange what suits you and your growing zone best.
Is this a state prohibition o?
Trisha on Aug 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. There are many restrictions that vary state to state. If you are a NC resident yes these are restricted. If you call our customer service department at 800-325-4180 they may be able to assist you further.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I grow gooseberries in Southern California? Los Angeles.
Joost on Jun 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: //www.starkbros.com/zone-finder Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.
I???ve been told I can???t have gooseberry or red currents in Passaic county, NJ is this true?
Lynn B on May 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately this happens to be a product that has state or county agricultural regulations, which prohibit shipment. Sometimes there are local/regional quarantines put in place to halt the spread of certain plant diseases, which does not happen often. While these regulations may change in the near future, we apologize that we cannot ship this item to you at the present time.
Can this gooseberry Bush be planted in a large pot?
Christina L on Jun 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can but please be aware that it the height and width stated above will be naturally constricted by growing it in a container.
Why should gooseberries not be planted near pine trees?
James S on Mar 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Just white pines. Currants and gooseberries serve as an alternate host for the rust fungus that causes white pine blister rust, which doesn't hurt the currants/gooseberries but is very damaging to white pines.
Is Pixwell Gooseberry mildew-resistant?
Julia S on Jan 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Pixwell is. Not all gooseberries varieties are, however, so take care to choose wisely.
Zone 8B-humid,warm weather ,with clay in soil.Can I grow gooseberry successfully?
Millie on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You're on the very edge of the growing zone. The clay is less a problem than the humidity and the possibility of fungus diseases. A regular spray program can solve that; there are organic and inorganic products that will both do the job. This works great: /www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-controls/bonide-copper-fungicide
Will these attract squirrels?
Steve E on Sep 2, 2020
Can they be planted near juniper sargeants?
James M on Aug 16, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Pixwell Gooseberry
The bushes are only in my garden for the second year. They stood the winter weather well. There has been some slight damage by dear. This my favorite Gooseberry variety. My grandparents kept several bushes. Remember to never plant gooseberries or currant near white pine trees, my grand parents did not know this and lost three large pine trees.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Loaded with fruit
One year after planting my Pixwell gooseberry bushes, they are thriving and loaded with fruit. I expect to be able to make a gooseberry pie and possibly a few small jars of preserves in this first year. I am very happy with my three gooseberry bushes.
May 24, 2016
over 6 years ago
I have two
I ordered two of these. One in 2015 and the other in 2016. The 2016 one was slightly larger. They were both bare root and had good shape. Both have established themselves well and have over wintered. They due tend to sucker so its important to remove the suckers. Plants are spiny so wear gloves while handling. Both produced fruit their first year which is very tasty.
May 10, 2017
over 5 years ago
Love love love these
I bought these not really knowing what to expect, but thought they sounded interesting and I am so happy to have them. The whole family loves these gooseberries and they never even make it inside because the kids love them so much. They started producing berries in the second year and are loaded with berries in year 3. Strong healthy bushes!
June 2, 2019
over 4 years ago
Love, love, love these gooseberries!
Even though we've had a terribly hot and dry summer, and even with only a few supplementary waterings, these baby gooseberries produced some fruit to eat out of hand. Gooseberries are my new "go-to-rage" as far as berries go! I LOVE THESE GUYS! We both love that they're relatively easy to pick and have an awesome sweet n sour taste, plus they are pretty to look at, too. YUMMY!
August 9, 2016
Pixwell gooseberry
I am very pleased with my Pixwell Gooseberry plant that I bought from Stark's Nursery over a year ago it is going very well and this spring has actually given me large green gooseberries can't wait till I can pick them and despite the early hot weather we have had in May which is the hottest on record my Gooseberry plants is doing very well
St. Louis
June 2, 2018
over 4 years ago
Bush is full
Our bush is full of gooseberries and they are good
May 7, 2016
over 7 years ago
Love our gooseberries
This is our 2nd year for our pixwell gooseberries, they are loaded and look great, we anticipate a pie or 2. Last year we picked some, mixed with strawberries for a great dessert recipe.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
We planted two last year and one survived. It already has berries! Needs some support.
June 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
pixwell gooseberry
I planted this bush last year and it gave me some berries this year. Also, the gooseberry bush next to it from stock from my mother's house, came to fruition for the first time in eight years. I'm happy.
June 28, 2017
over 4 years ago