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Highbush Cranberry vs Mountain Huckleberry

Viburnum trilobum

Vaccinium membranaceum

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Highbush Cranberry
Mountain Huckleberry

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.

Mountain Huckleberry is a small shrub known for its tart to sweet berries. The berries range from purple-black to red-black, and can be eaten fresh or used in jams and syrups. It is a plant native to Alberta and the berries are frequently enjoyed by both people and wildlife.

In traditional Indigenous fire management practices, berry patches were burned after harvest. This would reduce the invasion of other plants allowing the Mountain Huckleberry to thrive. Its foliage has low flammability and can survive low severity fires, and even if destroyed they regrow from the roots.

Note: Mountain Huckleberry requires specific soil conditions. They need moist, well-drained, acidic soil with a pH around 5.5.

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

MOUNTAIN HUCKLEBERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 5a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Spread: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Spread: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Berries: edible red berries
Berries: dark purple
Flavor: sweet, acidic
Harvest: mid to late summer
Flowers: white clusters
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high

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: big huckleberry, black huckleberry, tall bilberry, thinleaf huckleberry