Common Name: highbush cranberry, American cranberry bush
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.