Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

Rhodomyrtus tomentosa

Ceylon Hill Gooseberry fruit cut open By Mokkie [CC BY-SA 3.0] (Photo Credits)

An excellent ornamental shrub that produces a spectacular display of deep rose-pink or mauve flowers. Appearing throughout spring the flowers are followed by small round purple berries that have few seeds. The sweet berries are delicious eaten fresh or in Jams. They are similar in taste to blueberries and raspberries but they have thicker, richer juice. The bush is very frost hardy and will fruit as far south as Melbourne. It is often seen grown as a highly decorative hedge. Interestingly the shrub is also adapted to fire and will re-shoot vigorously if it is burnt. Weed Warning: Ceylon Hill Gooseberry is a highly attractive shrub very well suited to the subtropics. It isn't a weed in Australia, but has been recorded as a weed in parts of Florida, we recommend netting the shrub to reduce seed dispersal by birds.


Specifications of Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas SA, WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Dwarf (1/2 Normal Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months April, May, June

Ceylon Hill Gooseberry Reviews & Tips

Star Rating

★★★ 8y ago

Cringila, NSW, Australia

Working out where to put it

Trudy Yogini
10y ago

Ainslie, ACT, Australia

Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

Doesn't seem to cope with Canberra frosts, unfortunately.

★★★★ 10y ago


Again I was looking for ground cover - this plant is very pretty.

★★ 10y ago

Strathpine, Qld, Australia

Really looking forward to trying the fruit from this one. Growing well and I've already taken cuttings that have struck so I can have MORE lol. Watched the Daleys video on these and the flowers are very attractive.The asparagus are growing up all aroun...

★★ 11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

Has been nibbled heavily by possum, but still hanging on.

★★★ 11y ago

Mooloolaba, QLD, Australia

Only planted Oct 2009 and seems to be very slow growing though looks very healthy.  Looking forward to trying this fruit.No fruit yet.

★★★★ 12y ago

Hastings, VIC, Australia

I think it died due to lack of water in our drought conditions, may try it again.

★★ 12y ago

Winmalee, NSW, Australia

Growing but not well - will try to improve soil this year

★★★ 12y ago

EULEILAH, QLD, Australia

Need to fertilize.  It's been a while since it last produced fruit.

★★ 12y ago

Bellbird Park, QLD, Australia

Have just planted 2 of these these facing north east and they look healthy and strong. They got overrun by killer tomatoes and I think it blocked the sun and nutrients.

12y ago

Wheelers Hill, VIC, Australia

Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

Can Gooseberries be grown in a trough in Melbourne eastern suburbs?

David O'bryan
13y ago

Mansfield, QLD, Australia

Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

Lovely shrub when flowering, loads of tasty fruit which my daughter just loves, will make jam out of them sooner or later for sure

13y ago

Gold Coast, QLD

Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

Jam is very easy to make now with jamsetta sugar available at most food chains good luck.

David White
15y ago

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

Great little fruiting shrub. Highly recommended as tough, attractive, long lived and low maintenance. Protect fruit from birds. Water well and feed potash late Winter if an abundance of flowers and fruit are wanted.

15y ago

Kyogle, NSW, Australia

Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

This is a sweet little berry hedge ! beautiful flowers and the fruit is delicous .. am gonna make some jam soon (as soon as i learn how to make jams!)

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