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Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry) vs Northland Blueberry

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Vaccinium x Northland

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Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)
Northland Blueberry

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.

Northland Blueberry is the hardiest of the half-high highbush blueberries. It's also the best looking. In fact, it is frequently planted as an ornamental. Northland Blueberry produces large quantities of medium-size berries that taste amazing but are on the softer side, which matters to some people.

You must pair Northland Blueberry with another suitable blueberry variety because it is not self-pollinating.

You must also prune Northland Blueberry to maintain its health and productivity.

Note: Blueberries require very specific soil conditions. They need well-drained soil with a pH between 4.5 and 5.0. If the starting pH of your soil is between 5.1 and 6.2 you can lower it by adding sulfur. We recommend against planting blueberries in soil with a starting pH greater than 6.2. Please do your own research before buying any blueberry plants.

BOG CRANBERRY (LINGONBERRY) QUICK FACTS

NORTHLAND BLUEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3b
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: orange-red
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Berries: large clusters of blue berries
Fruit size: medium
Firmness: soft
Flavor: excellent
Harvest: early to mid summer
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: low
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: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no