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Highbush Cranberry vs Cloudberry

Viburnum trilobum

Rubus chamaemorus

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Highbush Cranberry
Cloudberry

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.

Cloudberry produces berries which taste tart and tangy with a sweet, floral hint. The berries have a creamy texture when overripe. They are often used to make jams, juices, and liquors. The berries are a pale red colour and when ripe turn more orange/amber. They do not grow very tall, generally reaching only 10-25 cm.

Cloudberry has distinct male and female plants. In order to produce berries, both must be present and pollinate with each other. Berries are produced at maturity, typically 5-7 years, and produce 1 berry per stem. The plant spreads naturally as they grow using modified underground stems (rhizomes), forming more plants over time in the same area.

This plant can be found wild in Canada’s boreal forest. In Newfoundland and Labrador, this plant is known as the Bakeapple and is a significant regional food. Similarly the Côte-Nord region of Quebec also has a long history of using this berry.

Note: Cloudberries require very specific soil conditions. They need well-drained soil with a pH between 3.5 and 5.0. Also sensitive to salt and dry conditions.

Note: Our seedlings are grown from seed and are too young to identify their sex.

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

CLOUDBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Spread: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: orange, yellow
Berries: edible red berries
Berries: irregular, yellow to orange
Harvest: September to October.
Flowers: white clusters
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

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
Other Names: baked apple berry, cloud berry