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Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)

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The Highbush Cranberry is not a true cranberry but a member of the Viburnum family, known for its attractive foliage and bright red berries. It typically grows to a height of 8 to 12 feet with a similar spread, making it a significant shrub in landscapes. This plant is hardy in USDA zones 2 through 7, demonstrating its suitability for a wide range of climates, including many parts of Canada. The Highbush Cranberry prefers well-drained, moist soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. It thrives in full sun to partial shade.

The shrub is notable for its white, lace-cap flowers in spring and vibrant red berries in the fall. These berries persist through winter, providing visual interest and food for wildlife. While the berries are edible for humans, they are often described as sour and are best used in jellies, sauces, or preserves, where their tart flavor can be balanced with sugar.

Historically, the Highbush Cranberry has been used by Indigenous peoples for its medicinal properties and as a food source. The plant also holds ornamental value in landscaping due to its attractive foliage, which turns a striking red in the fall. This combination of culinary, medicinal, and aesthetic qualities makes the Highbush Cranberry a versatile and valuable addition to gardens and natural spaces.

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