Viburnum, Highbush Cranberry (AT)
At a Glance
Latin Name: Viburnum trilobum
Zones: 2 – 7
Other common names: American highbush cranberry, American cranberry bush
Mature Height/spread: 6-15 ft high/ 8-10 ft. wide.
Has moderate growth rate of up to 3 ft. per year.
Soil / Climate: Grows most often in moist areas or roadside ditches, but can also thrive in dryer, sunny areas. Hardy being that it is a low maintenance shrub that will take care of itself once it is established.
Notes: Leaves are dark green in the summer, and reddish in the fall.
Flowers are white. Fruit is bright red or orange and persists throughout winter. Highbush Cranberry is self fertile. The fruits can be eaten raw or cooked into a sauce to serve with meat or game. They can also be used in jellies, jams, pies, sauces, liqueurs, and wine. To develope a solid screen place plants two to three ft. apart.
Wildlife: An important winter berring species, the fruit is eaten by turkey, grouse, and pheasant.
-Wetland tolerant, preferred habitat
-Provides habitat for deer, pheasant and songbirds
Bare Root Purchase Size: 1-2 ft.
USDA NRCS Species Information