Viburnum, American Highbush Cranberry
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 develop a solid screen place plants two to three ft. apart.
Wildlife: An important winter bearing 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