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Lowbush Cranberry vs Western Snowberry

Viburnum edule

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

(new stock expected: fall of 2019)

NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

(new stock expected: fall of 2019)

Lowbush Cranberry
Western Snowberry

Lowbush Cranberry is a short, deciduous shrub native to North America. Its white flowers bear sour but edible fruit that ripens to a brilliant red in fall. Lowbush Cranberry's small size makes it suitable for urban use; buyers will also find it useful if trying to reclaim land back to its original species or when landscaping with native species in damp conditions.

Like the Common Snowberry, the Western Snowberry is a small shrub with pink flowers useful for feeding livestock and preventing erosion. Unlike the common species, however, the Western Snowberry is much more suited to wet conditions, capable of persevering through poor soil drainage and occasional flooding.

After the Snowberry's flowers have bloomed, it produces berries which often last on the plant through winter. These berries are toxic to humans, but livestock and local wildlife love them! Those hoping to attract wildlife to their property can plant Snowberry and expect to see animals foraging on it much later in the year than other plants.

LOWBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: red
Berries: edible red berries
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Flowers: white clusters
Flowers: pinkish white in small clusters, blooms june-august
Bark: pale green to light red-brown, greys and shreds with age
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans

Other Names: high bush cranberry, highbush cranberry, mooseberry, moosomin, pembina, pimbina, squashberry
Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes