close up of 4 orangey-brown Ceylon Gooseberries growing surrounded by light green, ovate leaves

Ceylon Gooseberry, Ketembilla (Dovyalis hebecarpa)

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Ceylon Gooseberry, commonly known as Ketembilla and Kitambilla, is a tropical perennial fruiting shrub or small tree native to Sri Lanka and southern India.  The small round exotic fruit has deep-maroon, furry, and velvety skin.  The pulp has a simultaneously tart, sweet, sour, acidic and bitter flavor with notes of cranberry, lemon, honey, and papaya.  Fruit is a great source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals and is eaten fresh or made into juice and jam.

Ceylon Gooseberry was originally brought to the United States by Dr. David Fairchild.  It has since been naturalized in Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico, Israel, and parts of Central America and South Africa.

Plant Type:
Tropical Fruit Tree, Shrub

Harvest Season:
 Spring - Summer

Mature Size:
Tree grows between 9-16 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture:
Prefers deep, fertile, humus-rich and well-draining soil.

Light Requirements:
 Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Our Ceylon Gooseberry is grown from seed and is capable of fruiting within 2 years. 

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2 reviews
  • P
    Verified Reviewer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? Yes
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Plan arrived in great condition

    about 4 years later, we are enjoying the sweet/tart fruit!

  • KB
    Kat B.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 years ago
    Great plant

    Arrived healthy and now 4 feet tall and doing well. I bring the pots inside when it gets below 45 degrees out or it gets a little brown on some leaves. Great plant.

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