Hardy, Edible Fruits, Fall Colors, Attracts Birds, Wildlife Food/Shelter, Low Growing Ground Cover, Cold Tolerant
QTY: 50 SEEDS
Other Names: American Cranberry, Commercial Cranberry
Zone: 2 to 7
The American Cranberry is a low trailing, mat forming, evergreen shrub of bogs. This species is the source of the commercial cranberry. Plants grow 12 inches tall with a 3 to 4 foot spread and have small, glossy, leathery dark green leaves to 3/4 inch across, bronzy in spring and dark-green in summer, then turning a variety of colors in fall. Leaves turn bronze in winter. In spring thru summer, the American Cranberry produces fuchsia-pink bell-shaped flowers in nodding clusters. The flowers are unique, with four turned-back petals, that look like hats and beak-like stamens. Flowers are followed by edible, round, bright red berries that mature in September thru October. Allowed to spread, plants can form a carpet of lush green foliage. The American Cranberry can be grown for food crop, as an ornamental or both.