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Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry) vs Royal Purple Smokebush

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple

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Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)
Royal Purple Smokebush

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.

Royal Purple Smokebush is an attractive and dramatic shrub. Mid-summer you'll notice feathery, purple-pink puffs of airy seed clusters that give the illusion of smoke. The contrast of these seed clusters against deep purple-red foliage will make Royal Purple Smokebush your new favorite shrub.

It is tolerant of clay soil, drought, and deer, making Royal Purple Smokebush a hardy addition to any yard. Try it in a hedge, shrub border, or as an accent shrub; regardless of how you use it, this shrub will be a head turner.

BOG CRANBERRY (LINGONBERRY) QUICK FACTS

ROYAL PURPLE SMOKEBUSH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: Purple and scarlet red
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: low
Pollution tolerance: high





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