Cranberry plants (Vaccinium macrocarpon) are small, evergreen shrubs native to North America. The true cranberry is a low-growing plant, remaining under 1 foot in height at maturity. These cold-hardy plants are found in parts of the northeastern United States and Canada and can even be found in high-altitude regions further south. Cranberries are easy-care plants that tolerate moist soils, but they require a low soil pH to fruit and thrive. Similar to lingonberries, the cranberry’s sweet-tart red fruit is valued for its antioxidants and health benefits. Cranberries are commonly used in many fruit juices and cocktails, and cranberry sauce is a traditional side enjoyed around Thanksgiving time.
Not to be confused with the “highbush cranberry” (Viburnum trilobum), which is not a true cranberry.