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Highbush Cranberry vs Ranch Elderberry

Viburnum trilobum

Sambucus canadensis Ranch

Highbush Cranberry
Ranch Elderberry

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.

Ranch Elderberry is a vigorous and high yielding Black Elderberry cultivar. It ripens earlier than other varieties, and is smaller and more compact making berry harvest easier. The berries are well suited for baked goods, jams, jellies, and syrups. They are high in vitamin C and reported to be beneficial for the immune system. Planting them near other varieties for cross pollination and in full sun will result in higher yields.

Warning: the seeds, stems, leaves, roots, and uncooked berries of the Ranch Elderberry are toxic to humans when eaten in quantity. You should cook the berries to make them safe for human consumption.

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

RANCH ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Berries: edible red berries
Berries: black
Harvest: late summer to early fall
Flowers: white clusters
Flowers: fragrant, 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)


Toxicity: leaves, stems, and uncooked berries are poisonous to humans

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