Versatile; use everywhere.
Grows under spruce.
Has a graceful tumbling shape in contrast with its sharp thorns.
Berries are tasty.
Sun or shade.
Many public places have eliminated the understory plantings from a safety standpoint, but gooseberry can be used as a safe understory for mass plantings; will spread to fill in an area, yet remain low.
Likes to be in a mulched bed.
Doesn’t compete well with grasses.