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American Cranberry

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Description

Harvest your own Thanksgiving treats! Hardy, low-maintenance, evergreen shrub makes an excellent ground cover. Produces large, tart berries perfect for making holiday meals, cookies, muffins and more. Also enjoyed in spring, for its lovely pink flowers. Requires low-pH, acidic soil. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late-September through October. Self-pollinating. (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late September To October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 4.5 - 5.5
Taste Good/tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 2 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 2 - 7
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10" tall x 2 - 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 2 - 3' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cranberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I use pounds and pounds of cranberries in the fall for baking, making jelly and in soups, etc. I wanted to see if I could grow my own.
Kirsten H on Apr 2, 2017
as an experiment to introduce a cranberry garden, worked very well, small crop first year but increased this past year to what we were looking for
carol g on Nov 24, 2016
I use pounds and pounds of cranberries in the fall for baking, making jelly and in soups, etc. I wanted to see if I could grow my own.
Kirsten H on Apr 2, 2017
I plan to plant with my blueberry bushes, liking the similar acidic soil. I like the idea of having plants and landscaping that provide more than just looks, I can't wait to harvest my own cranberries for thanksgiving dinner!
ROBYN T on Mar 5, 2017
as an experiment to introduce a cranberry garden, worked very well, small crop first year but increased this past year to what we were looking for
carol g on Nov 24, 2016
Need a ground cover. Thought this would be an interesting, edible alternative
CHRISTINE W on Sep 18, 2016
I bought two of these last fall and they did GREAT! And the best part is the birds and squirrels leave them alone!
NICOLE R on Sep 4, 2016
I will plant this at the base of my blueberries. They both need moist conditions and acid soil so it should be a good combination.
Carleen R on Jul 29, 2016
Wanted to try growing cranberries as a ground cover.
GARY O on May 15, 2016
Aside from the fun of producing our own makings for cranberry sauce, we think planting cranberries beneath our apple trees will help in their good health. If we have much problem with woodland critters eating the berries, we plan to plant carpet roses among them. Should be some fun fall harvesting.
ARLENE S on May 6, 2016
Want to see if we can grow them well here; I hope so.
Eric and Olivia B on May 4, 2016
use cranberry in baking and love them thought this would be something we could use instead of store bought
ROGER K on Mar 15, 2016
Experiment and hardiness
RANDALL R on Mar 6, 2016
I plan to plant with my blueberry bushes, liking the similar acidic soil. I like the idea of having plants and landscaping that provide more than just looks, I can't wait to harvest my own cranberries for thanksgiving dinner!
ROBYN T on Mar 5, 2017
Need a ground cover. Thought this would be an interesting, edible alternative
CHRISTINE W on Sep 18, 2016
I've read that some cranberry varieties can get quite tall, 5 feet or so. I'm assuming this is a dwarf variety?
new purchase on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is actually closer to being a groundcover. It is a different species/variety than highbush cranberries, which are what you are describing.
How much do they produce?
Tavi R on Jan 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can expect an average of 1-1.5 lbs. of fruit per established productive plant and as many as 3 lbs. in a good year from established mature plants.

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Beautiful, easy-to-grow bushes
I planted these bushes along the fence of our goat pasture and they have created a lovely hedge, In spring they have small light pink blossoms; in summer the leaves are a deep green; and in the fall - even into winter - they are covered in clumps of bright red berries.

We make jelly and cranberry sauce from the berries and we share extra berries with the goats and chickens. The berries taste best if we wait to harvest them until after there has been a real frost. Unlike some of our other bushes and trees, we haven't had any serious problems with deer browsing on our American cranberry bushes.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Very slow
They are very slow growing, I may have them in a to damp of a area.
May 9, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
They're Baascckkkk
While my kiwis perished over the Minnesota winter, my cranberries are doing well this spring. Hopefully to have a small crop this year.
May 19, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Grows Slowly
One of the two plants I received died, and the other one is growing very slowly.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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August 23, 2016
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