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Highbush Cranberry vs Bunchberry

Viburnum trilobum

Cornus canadensis

Highbush Cranberry
Bunchberry

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.

The Bunchberry, or Quatre-Temps as it is commonly known in Quebec, is an excellent ornamental plant to have in your garden. With star-shaped white flowers in spring and clusters of bright red berries in the fall, this is one of the most refined and hardy groundcovers available. The foliage has ornamental value, with leaves going from a deep green in the spring and summer to a beautiful brick-red in the fall.

Bunchberry is a spreading evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. This plant is not well suited for urban areas close to streetsides, as it is quite intolerant to pollution. It is Canada’s national flower.

According to a poll done by the Master Gardeners of Ontario, it is one of the most recognizable Canadian flowers.

Its flowers grow with elastic petals and "fire" its pollen with the force of 2000-3000 times the force of gravity.

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

BUNCHBERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 1b
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.6 ft)
Spread: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Spread: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: brick red
Berries: edible red berries
Berries: small, red
Flavor: sweet
Harvest: August/September
Flowers: white clusters
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium

In row spacing: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: american cranberrybush, american cranberrybush viburnum, high bush cranberry, kalyna