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Orange Gooseberry

Ribes pinetorum

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate-high
Sun Partial shade, shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
4-7' × 4-6'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season April-September
Flower Color Orange/red
Minimum Temperature Range -30 °F
Leaf Description Lobed, with toothed margins
Fruit Round, juicy fruits with abundant spines
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Elevation Range 7000-10000 ft.
Description A berry producing shrub typically found as an understory plant at higher elevations. Naturally occurring populations can be found around Flagstaff, the White Mountains, and on the taller sky islands in southeastern Arizona. Orange/red flowers are followed by spiny, purplish berries. Leaves are lobed with toothed margins, and stems are spiny. Preference would be for moist, rich soils, and shade from oaks (Quercus spp.), and pines (Pinus spp.). This species is only appropriate for high elevation gardens in Arizona.