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Highbush Cranberry vs Northern Bayberry

Viburnum trilobum

Myrica pensylvanica

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Highbush Cranberry
Northern Bayberry

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.

Northern Bayberry makes an excellent hedge or feature shrub. It will retain its leaves in warmer climates but drops them in colder areas. They produce blue-grey berries that have a wax coating on them that can be used to make candles or soaps.

In colder hardiness zones the leaves turn an attractive orange to red colour in the fall, making it a striking addition to your landscape.

Northern Bayberry is native to Nova Scotia and tolerates both drought and wet conditions. It is also a nitrogen fixer that tolerates poor soil conditions.

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN BAYBERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Berries: edible red berries
Berries: blue-gray
Flowers: white clusters
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium

In row spacing: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)


Toxicity: Warning: The wax from bayberry fruit is considered toxic and may be carcinogenic.

Other Names: american cranberrybush, american cranberrybush viburnum, high bush cranberry, kalyna
Other Names: candlewood, myrique de pennsylvanie, small waxberry, swamp candleberry, tallow bayberry, tallow shrub, tallow tree, tallowshrub