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.
Bog Cranberry 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.
BOG CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS
Zone: 2a Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft) Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft) Moisture: normal, wet Light: partial shade, full sun Berries: tart, edible red berries Flowers: white or pink flowers Growth rate: slow Life span: medium Suckering: low Pollution tolerance: low
Other names: cowberry, dry ground cranberry, fox berry, foxberry, lingonberry, northern mountain cranberry, partridgeberry, rock cranberry, wolf berry, wolf-berry