Growth Rate: Less than 12 inches annually Plant Type: Low growing, fruiting ground cover Family: Ericaceae Native Range: United States Height: 0.75 to 1 foot Spread: 3 to 4 feet Shape: Low, prostrate mat Bloom Time: May - June Bloom Color: Fuchsia pink Flower/Fruit: Pinkish white flowers are unique, with four turned-back petals, looking a bit like hats followed by edible bright red cranberries. Sun: Full Sun Fall Color: Evergreen to Bronze Drought Tolerance: Low Water: Medium to Wet Maintenance: Low Site Requirements /Soil Tolerances: Cranberry prefers a cooler climate and moist to wet soil. Best grown in damp, acidic (pH 4.0-5.2), organically rich, well-drained soil with full sun. Culture: Plant 2 feet apart. Self-pollinating. Uses: Ground Cover. Mixed border with other acid-loving plants. For edible fruit. Sowing Vaccinium macrocarpon Seeds: For best results, please follow the instructions in the order provided. Scarify: Soak in water for 24 hours Stratify: Cold 60-90 days, 40 Degrees F in a Moist Medium. Germination: Surface sow indoors under a grow light. Use a dome lid and mist regularly to keep moist. Requires light for germination. Artificial light is recommended. #Only Sell Seeds, Not Life Plant
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.