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Highbush Cranberry vs Red Elder

Viburnum trilobum

Sambucus racemosa

Highbush Cranberry
Red Elder

Highbush Cranberry produces attractive white flowers in late June and bears edible fruit that matures to a bright red colour in the late summer.

This shrub, native to much of Canada, is fast growing, and its fruit can be eaten raw or cooked into a sauce to serve with various proteins. Consider buying one for your next home landscaping project.

Red Elder is an attractive, medium-sized deciduous shrub.

It produces clusters of white flowers in the spring and bright red berry-like drupes, which provide beautiful contrast against its coarse, textured green foliage.

Red Elder can be pruned as a small single or multi-stemmed tree.

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

RED ELDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: red
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: edible red berries
Berries: bright red berry like drupes
Flowers: white clusters
Flowers: white panicle flowers
Bark: gray and rough with a scaly texture
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium

In row spacing: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)


Toxicity: toxic to humans



Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no