Gooseberry is an upright arching shrub with stout thorns protruding on the stems. Grows best in organically rich, well-drained clay or loam soils. This shrub is dioecius, so it requires both male and female plants. Tiny white flowers appear in spring and give way to green fruits that ripen to a dark purple in the summer. Fruits are edible and can be used in jellies, jams, and other foods. Full sun to part shade.