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Souris Raspberry (an improved Boyne Raspberry) vs Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)

Rubus Souris

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Souris Raspberry (an improved Boyne Raspberry)
Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)

Souris is an improved version of Boyne, the classic prairie raspberry. It is planted all across Canada and is extremely robust. Where other raspberry cultivars rely on unique selling points and specializations, Souris is just generally a great raspberry.

Souris is cold hardy and resistant to disease and spider mites. Its berries are deliciously sweet and tart while colourful, great for U-pick operations, fresh eating, or using in products such as jams and pies. They can be a bit softer than other raspberry varieties.

Souris canes are 3-5 feet tall, sturdy, and floricane. This means that raspberries will not grow on canes the year they first grow. The mature canes they do grow on, however, produce more berries than primocane varieties.

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.

SOURIS RASPBERRY (AN IMPROVED BOYNE RASPBERRY) QUICK FACTS

BOG CRANBERRY (LINGONBERRY) QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: flavourful red raspberries
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: high
Suckering: high
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: low





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: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes