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Rock Gooseberry
Ribes quercetorum
About Rock Gooseberry (Ribes quercetorum) Nurseries Show All Photos Ribes quercetorum is a species of currant known by the common names rock gooseberry, oak gooseberry and oakwoods gooseberry. It is native to the mountains and hills of California from the San Francisco Bay Area south into Baja California and east into Arizona. Ribes quercetorum grows in woodlands, chaparral, and dry desert slopes and canyons. It is a spreading shrub producing arching stems up to 1. 5 meters (5 feet)long, the nodes along the stems bearing 1 to 3 spines each up to 1. 5 centimeters (0. 6 inch) long. The lightly hairy, glandular leaves are up to 3 centimeters (1. 2 inches) long and are divided into a few lobes which are toothed or lobed at their tips. The inflorescence is a raceme of 2 or 3 small flowers. Each flower has five reflexed yellow sepals around a tube-shaped ring of smaller cream-colored petals. The fruit is an spherical, edible black berry just under a centimeter (0. 4 inch) in diameter.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
4.9 ft (1.5 m)

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Yellow, Cream, Black

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
69' - 8369'

Annual Precip. ?
6.6" - 36.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.39"

Coldest Month ?
34.3° F - 53.1° F

Hottest Month ?
56.6° F - 79.6° F

Humidity ?
0.78 vpd - 29.91 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
5, 7*, 8, 9, 11, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Foothill Gooseberry, Oak Gooseberry, Oakwoods Gooseberry

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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