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Vaccinium macrocarpon

Common Name(s):
Large cranberry
Cultivar(s):
'Pilgrim'
Categories:
Edible Plants, Groundcover, Native Plants, Vines, Wildflowers
Comment:

Native low-growing vine, groundcover or trailing shrub, usually grown in wet bog conditions. Plant these 2' apart, they are self-pollinating.  Red cranberries mature in September-October.  Grow in a mixed boarder in front of other acid loving plants like azaelas and rhododendrons that share the same acidic soil requirements. 

Seasons of Interest:

               Foliage: Winter, bronze        Bloom: Spring, May-June    Fruit: Fall, September-October

Wildlife Value: Members of the genus Vaccinium support the following specialized bees:Andrena (Conandrena) bradleyiAndrena (Andrena) carolinaPanurginus atramontensisHabropoda laboriosaColletes productusColletes validus, and Osmia (Melanosmia) virga.

 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Cranberries are subject to chlorosis problems if soil pH is too high.

Season:
Summer
Height:
1-2 ft.
Foliage:
Pointed leaves, white below, with rolled edges
Flower:
Showy small fuchsia pink flower stalks develop from stem tips followed by showy edible fruit.
Zones:
3-7
Habit:
Spreading
Site:
Bogs, marshes, damp, acidic (pH 4.0-5.2) organically rich soils in full sun
Texture:
Medium
Exposure:
Full sun
Edibility:
Berries
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
nectar, showy fruit, wet soil, bees, showy flower, native, edible, pollinator, specialized bees, bog, wildlife, native bees

NCCES plant id: 2778

Vaccinium macrocarpon In bloom
InAweofGod'sCreation, CC BY - 2.0
Vaccinium macrocarpon Mature fruit
Manuel, CC BY - 2.0