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The common name for about six species of thorny, spreading bushes of the genus Ribes, producing small, acidic, edible fruits. Gooseberries and currants all belong to the genus Ribes (order Saxifragales or Rosales, depending on the classification system). The gooseberry is a thorny, spreading bush that grows to a height of about 3 ft (0.9 m) and produces red, yellow, or green berries (see illustration). The most desirable hardier types are of American parentage or are hybrids between American and European species. Commercial culture has declined in the United States and is limited to a few areas, notably Oregon, Michigan, and Washington. However, gooseberries are found in home gardens throughout most of the United States, with the exception of regions in the far South and Southwest. See also: Currant; Fruit; Horticultural crops; Rosales; Saxifragales
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