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Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry) vs Northern Gooseberry

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Ribes oxyacanthoides

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Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)
Northern Gooseberry

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 Gooseberry is a small, ornamental quality native shrub with prickly stems. You can plant it anywhere you'd plant Prickly Rose or Common Wild Rose, such as your yard.

Most people find Northern Gooseberry berries a bit tart for significant fresh eating but they are good for baking, wine or jam.

BOG CRANBERRY (LINGONBERRY) QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN GOOSEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Berries: purple or purplish black
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: low
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: cowberry, dry ground cranberry, fox berry, foxberry, lingonberry, northern mountain cranberry, partridgeberry, rock cranberry, wolf berry, wolf-berry
Other Names: canada gooseberry, canadian gooseberry


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