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Ribes grossularia ‘Yellow Champagne’

A cultivar of Ribes grossularia L. ‘Small and roundish. Skin yellow, and hairy. Of first-rate excellence. Bush erect.’ [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.90/1860].  Hogg included ‘Yellow Champagne’ among his yellow, round, hairy-skinned dessert gooseberries.

Horticultural & Botanical History

The Show Gooseberry Eden’s ‘Elibore’ is used as illustration. It is probably very similar in appearance to ‘Yellow Champagne’ [PB pl.6/1812]. 

History at Camden Park

This gooseberry was requested from George Stevenson, nurseryman of South Australia, in 1844 and probably obtained from him [MP A2933-1, p.21/1844]. 


Published Apr 25, 2010 - 02:38 PM | Last updated Jul 23, 2011 - 02:49 PM

The gooseberry illustrated is round, hairy and yellow-skinned. Pomona Britannica pl.6, 1812.

Ribes grossularia ‘Eden's Elibore’ | PB pl.6/1812. This hairy, yellow, round gooseberry is probably very similar to Yellow Champagne.


Family Grossulariaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • Hairy amber


Common Name

Dessert Gooseberry

Name in the Camden Park Record

Gooseberry Yellow Champagne

Confidence level high