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Bearberry vs Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Bearberry
Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)

Bearberry is a dwarf shrub known for its creamy pink flowers and red edible fruits.

It is great as a filler in gardens and flowerbeds in place of invasive ground cover plants, like English Ivy.

Bearberry will attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to your property.

Bog Cranberry is a native, ground cover species. These plants generally produce one crop per year in summer. Plants may spread 3 feet in width forming a dense mat which makes it attractive as an ornamental ground cover.

Wild crops of Bog Cranberry are harvested each year in Newfoundland (more than 200,000 lbs/yr). Harvest of wild fruit can no longer keep up with demand. In Europe, 80 million pounds per year of this crop is grown or harvested from the wild.

Bog Cranberry flowers are similar in shape to those of blueberry and may be white or pink in color. These berries are considered to be highly flavored but not as tart as cranberries.

Check out our YouTube video of this plant in the fall: Fall Bog Cranberry.

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BOG CRANBERRY (LINGONBERRY) QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 1b
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.1 m (0.3 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: small red berries
Berries: tart, cranberry-like
Flowers: small, purple-white
Flowers: white or pink
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: medium
Suckering: low





Other Names: kinnikinnick, mealberry, sandberry
Other Names: cowberry, dry ground cranberry, fox berry, foxberry, lingonberry, northern mountain cranberry, partridgeberry, rock cranberry, wolf berry, wolf-berry