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Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry)

Cranberry, Large Cranberry, Oxycoccus macrocarpus


Native to the northeastern US, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) is a low-growing evergreen trailing shrub forming a carpet of green foliage, spreading and rooting from stems to indefinite width. Attractive pinkish-white tiny flowers appear in late spring to early summer. They give way to bright red cranberries that ripen in early-mid fall. The foliage of small, glossy, leathery leaves is bronze in spring, matures to dark green in summer, before turning coppery or purplish in winter. Both ornamental and edible, Cranberry can be massed to form a small scale groundcover. Commercial growers grow this plant in wet bogs that can be flooded to control weeds and pests, and facilitate harvesting of the crop.

  • Grows up to 2-6 in. tall (5-15 cm). Space plants 2 ft. (60 cm) apart.
  • A full sun lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium to wet , well-drained, acidic soils.
  • Great as a groundcover, or in shrub borders.
  • Native to Eastern North America

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 17
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 2" – 6" (5cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington, Southeast, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 17
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 2" – 6" (5cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington, Southeast, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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