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Berries: Vaccinium macrocarpon.

Botanical name: Vaccinium macrocarpon.

Common name: American cranberry

also known as (large cranberry, cranberry)

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created by:
chief cultivator

Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 2a thru 6b

fall interest, edible

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American cranberry is destined to be the plant introduction of the decade! Forget about cranberries grown in a bog. Imagine a beautiful solid carpet of green-leafed plants in your garden, each spreading 3-4 feet wide, and no more than 8 or so inches high. A great evergreen groundcover! Each spring, fuchsia-pink flowers cover the foliage. These mature into bright red, juicy cranberries you pick by the handful from September to October - up to 2 pounds per plant! Squeeze dew-drop fresh, pure cranberry juice for instant refreshment, and freeze the extra juice for later. Vigorous grower is almost carefree. Thrives in blueberry-type soils (they prefer acidic conditions), from heavy to sandy. Winter hardy from Newfoundland to the Carolinas. Even grows well in a hanging basket for a striking effect. Self-pollinating. Plant in rows or on centers 2 feet apart. Will reach a mature height of 12 inches and width of 3-4 feet. Place in full sun. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman


Vaccinium macrocarpon is native from Newfoundland to North Carolina, west to Michigan and Minnesota. Introduced to cultivation in 1760.

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