Cranberry, High Bush
Variety description: The high bush cranberry is actually not a cranberry at all but is in fact a Viburnum. The name comes from the fruit, which strongly resemble cranberries in both appearance and taste. They mature in the fall, as true cranberries do. Native to wide swaths of the US and Canada, development has encroached on this wonderful plants native habitat and rendered it endangered in areas where it was previously plentiful.
The fruits are quite sour and bitter when eaten raw, but the astringency of the raw fruit is lessened by a frost, and when cooked.
The berries are rich in vitamin C and impart a tart, acid taste to jams and sauces. Use as a substitute for cranberries in any recipe.
Can be used in the landscape as a stand alone shrub, or plant several 3' apart for a screening hedge. Beautiful when in bloom in late May and early June. Excellent for attracting wildlife, especially bees and birds which benefit from the nectar of the June flowers and the fall ripening fruit. Crimson berries sometimes remain on branches well into mid-winter, making for a bright contrast with the snowy landscape.
Site requirements: Full sun to part shade location. Successful in most soil types.
Hardiness: USDA zones 2-7.
Pollination: Flowers are self-fertile, so one shrub will produce fruit.
Size at maturity: Grows to a large shrub, 8-15' tall by 8-10' wide. Can be kept smaller with annual spring pruning.
Pests and diseases: None.
Plant size: 2 yr. multi-stemmed seedling, about 3' tall. .
When we ship: Available for FALL 2016 shipping. Potted plants also available at the nursery this spring.
Shipping restrictions: None.
Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden, in compliance with CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.