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Highbush Cranberry vs Bog Cranberry

Viburnum trilobum

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Highbush Cranberry
Bog Cranberry

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.

Bog Cranberry is a native, ground cover species.

These plants generally produce one crop per year in summer. The plants have single blooms. Leaves are bright green, oval and alternate. New growth can be covered with fine hairs. Plants may spread 3 feet in width forming a dense mat which makes it attractive as an ornamental ground cover.

Wild crops of Bog Cranberry are harvested each year in Newfoundland (more than 200,000 lbs/yr). Harvest of wild fruit can no longer keep up with demand there. In Europe, 80 million pounds per year of this crop is grown or harvested from the wild.

Lingonberry flowers are similar in shape to those of blueberry and may be white or pink in color. These berries are considered to be highly flavored but not as tart as cranberries.

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

BOG CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Spread: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: red
Berries: edible red berries
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Flowers: white clusters
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Bark: gray and rough with a scaly texture
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high

In row spacing: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)





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