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Northern Red Currant vs Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)

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Vaccinium vitis-idaea

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Northern Red Currant
Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)

The Northern Red Currant is also known as the Swamp Red currant due to its preference for moist soil. As long as the soil is wet, this shrub can live in any degree of sunlight.

The currant itself is a bright red-purple berry enjoyed by many animals and some people for its sour flavour, similar to garden red currants. The flowers of this shrub are tiny and red or greenish-purple.

Bog Cranberry is a native, ground cover species. These plants generally produce one crop per year in summer. The plants have single blooms. Leaves are bright green, oval and alternate. New growth can be covered with fine hairs. 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 right here.

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

BOG CRANBERRY (LINGONBERRY) QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: low





Other Names: swamp red currant
Other Names: cowberry, dry ground cranberry, fox berry, foxberry, lingonberry, northern mountain cranberry, partridgeberry, rock cranberry, wolf berry, wolf-berry


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