HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY - VIBURNUM OPULUS

highbush cranberry

Common Name: highbush cranberry, American cranberry bush

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Family:
 Adoxaceae
Genus: Viburnum
Species: opulus

Hardiness Zone: 2 to 7
Height: 8 to 12 ft 
Width: 8 to 12 ft

Description: Highbush cranberry is not a true cranberry, it is actually a member of the honesuckle family. The arching stems create a dense, rounded form. The flowers are small white clusters and can be self-pollinated. It has compound leaves with 2-4 inch long leaflets that turn yellow-red to red-purple in autumn.

Highbush cranberry tolerates most soil types, frost, and drought. It does best in well-drained, moist rich, loamy soils. Wildlife benefit from the plants fruits that remain on the shrub into winter. The fruits are extremely tart, but sweeten after a frost. 

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Accessed online. https://extension.umaine.edu/cranberries/highbush-cranberry/. 14 June 2019