|Light:||Full Sun, Partial|
|Soil:||Sand, Loam, Clay|
|Zones:||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|1||2 Gallon Pot||$39.99|
The three inch wide white flowers that bloom in spring are clusters of tiny florets, surrounded by larger florets. Lustrous dark green leaves turn an attractive purplish red by September, alongside drooping clusters of bright red berries, creating a beautiful effect in the autumn landscape. As they soften and sweeten in late winter the berries are a food source for Cedar Waxwing and other birds. The fruit is excellent for jams jellies and syrups, but very tart uncooked. Highbush Cranberry is a larval host plant for the Spring Azure butterfly.
Native to moist woods, lake margins, thickets and moist low places, Highbush Cranberry is easily grown in average, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It prefers consistent moisture, but tolerates a wide range of soils.
Large and hardy this deciduous shrub has a moderate growth rate of up to three feet per year. To keep it from getting larger than desired an annual pruning each year just after flowering will maintain the present size. The arching stems and a dense, rounded form make it a popular landscaping choice for use as a screening hedge. For a solid screen, plants should be spaced 2 – 3 feet apart.
Early spring blooms provide excellent pollinator support. Viburnums flower profusely whether or not pollination occurs. However, poor fruiting will happen if there is only one Viburnum available. The "perfect" flowers - having both male and femaie parts - are self-infertile and cross pollination is needed for reliable fruit production. Two or three shrubs are recommended for ample fruiting.