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Ribes nigrum x uva-crispa

Unique cross between a Gooseberry and a Black Currant

A Jostaberry is a cross between a blackcurrant and gooseberry. The result of which is a fruit resembling clusters of large, shiny blackcurrants. The berries can be eaten raw or cooked, with the flavour, as expected somewhere between a blackcurrant and gooseberry.


The bushes are thornless and best grown in an open sunny site where they can develop to their full potential. The fruits are harvested from late July.


Best in a fertile, well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Net the area to protect the sweet fruits from birds. Bushes should be pruned in winter to maintain a framework of branches.

This hybrid was developed in Germany with the name Josta taken by combining the German words for gooseberry and blackcurrant. It was first available in 1977.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 125 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 120 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting June - August
Cropping July - August

Typically available

From March to September