Ribes grossularia x nigrum
Jostaberry is a hardy hybrid of gooseberry and black currant, marrying the best traits of each of its parents. The fruit it produces has significantly less pungency than black currants, mixing the sourness of gooseberry and the sweetness of black currants but with a flavor that is their own. It is truly a unique flavor experience and well worth growing, whether in the garden or on the farm.
The fruits are about 1/2" in size and are excellent for fresh eating, made into jams or preserves, or frozen for later usage. Jostaberry is thornless and has the upright growth habit of black currant, so it is easier to pick than gooseberry. The deep colored fruits ripen in July this area. They are self-fertile but will produce more abundantly with a couple or more planted for cross-pollination.
The plants are long-lived and very hardy and low maintenance. They are resistant to diseases such as American gooseberry mildew, black currant leaf spot, white pine blister rust, and big bud gall mite. The name jostaberry combines the German word for blackcurrant, “Johannisbeere” and gooseberry, “Stachelbeere”.
Height at maturity: 4-7'
Spread at maturity: 4-7'
Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Container Size: 4"
Height at time of sale: 12-16"