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American Cranberry

American Cranberry

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The American Cranberry Bush has showy white flowers in spring followed by pretty red berries in fall and winter. These berries make excellent bird feed through mid winter. Very easy to grow!

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There’s a lot to like about this flowering edible shrub. The deciduous American Cranberry bush is hardy, maintenance-free, adaptable, and it adds attractive year-round interest to your landscape. 

Native to North America, this sizeable ornamental sports dense upright branches that grow into a full mounded form. Vibrant deep green leaves occur in opposite pairs that are 3-lobed. 

Springtime brings an abundance of flat, cream-colored flowers in broad groupings that have a lacy and delicate appearance. Clusters of plump berries follow, starting out green and turning yellow-orange and finally bright scarlet by fall. 

As autumn approaches, American Cranberry’s outstanding emerald green leaves begin turning gorgeous shades of orange, crimson and burgundy. Once the leaves begin dropping, the fire-engine red berries become even more visible, creating a dazzling display. 

If allowed to remain, these stunning bunches of berries will hang on the shrub through the winter. This not only offers radiant warm color to an often monochromatic and frosty landscape, but also provides a much-welcomed nosh for birds and small mammals when food sources are in short supply. 

Maturing to heights of 5-6 feet with a similar spread, the American Cranberry bush can be planted in rows and clipped to take shape as a stunning privacy hedge. With its upright and naturally rounded shape, this shrub can be grown in small groupings for accent, or used as a specimen plant to set off the corners of your home. 

Thriving in zones 2-7, the American Cranberry bush grows nearly anywhere in the country. It does well in full sun or shade and prefers a well-drained soil rich in natural matter to help retain ample moisture. The American Cranberry bush should not be allowed to dry out for extended periods of time. 

Feed with a balanced fertilizer once a year, if desired, and apply a 2-4 inch layer of organic mulch around the base of the shrub to protect against cold and keep the soil moist. Thinning out older stems, along with a bit of strategic trimming will rejuvenate the plant and help maintain its desired size and shape. 

Cranberries contain bacteria-blocking compounds that aid in promoting urinary tract health that help ward off ulcers and certain oral bacteria that can lead to gum disease. In addition, cranberries contain phytochemicals, or health-promoting benefits that reduce oxidative destruction of cells, which can lead to cancer, heart disease and other degenerative diseases. 

These low-sodium berries are cholesterol- and fat-free, so try them dried as a sweet ‘anytime’ snack, whip up a batch of delicious jam, or press them to make a tasty juice. Of course, you should try your hand at some fresh Cranberry sauce to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey or roasted chicken any time of the year. 

Besides the great health benefits and sweet taste, Cranberries are great for crafters to own. During the fall and winter holidays, you can cleverly incorporate Cranberries into your home decor for very little cost. The vibrant red berries and rich green leaves are an inexpensive and eye pleasing addition to existing wreaths, swags and bouquets. 

For questions about the American Cranberry bush, or any of our other fantastic plants and trees, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let our knowledgeable staff assist you with your next landscaping project. 




Growing Zones: 2-7

Mature Height: 5-6 ft.
Mature Width: 5-6 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Viburnum trilobum
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 2-7
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 2-7
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It's Easy to Plant your American Cranberry


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Cranberry.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Cranberry gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Cranberry again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: paula huebner
I love cranberries, and they are so easy to take care of, I use mine during the holidays and I make juice and use it during the summer very refreshing over ice.

By: Maggie E.
Just received the plants and transplanted them.
I have never received plants in such excellent, hearty and healthy condition. Kudos to Fast Growing Trees! Would order again in a heart beat.


By: Helen Sides
Slow at first; I gave the plant lots of water. It is going great guns!

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How old are your cranberry plants?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: I just received and planted a cranberry this past January, however it does not look like it will live. The plant seemed to be thriving, until the summer heat started kicking in. I live in growing zone 8, but even in a shaded location and ample water, the heat is likely too much for that plant species here ~
Reply · Samuel A on Jun 14, 2014
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Are the cranberries on this plant edible for humans?
Patricia R on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: I am figuring this for the birds which is why I got it. I've had mine two years and it is still not giving berries but still growing well and getting stronger. it did fine in the colder winter we had.
Reply · Linda c on Jul 9, 2014
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