Island Gooseberry (Viburnifolium)

The Island Gooseberry (Viburnifolium) is generally described as a perennial shrub. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer and fall . The Island Gooseberry (Viburnifolium) has green foliage and inconspicuous purple flowers, with an abuncance of conspicuous red fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the mid spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until summer. Leaves are retained year to year. The Island Gooseberry (Viburnifolium) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate. At maturity, the typical Island Gooseberry (Viburnifolium) will reach up to 3 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 3 feet.

The Island Gooseberry (Viburnifolium) is usually not commercially available except under contract. It can be propagated by bare root, container, cuttings. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -3°F. has high tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Shrub
Growth Period Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Short
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Contracting Only
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Mid Spring
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Thicket Forming
Drought Tolerance High
Shade Tolerance Tolerant
Height When Mature 3
Vegetative Spread Moderate
Flower Color Purple
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance High
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Summer
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Cuttings
Moisture Requirements Low
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature -3
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5–7.5 pH
Precipitation Range 18–18 inches/yr
Planting Density 1200–2700 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Minimum Frost-Free Days 190 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance Low
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Palatability Medium
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database,
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA