Organic American Highbush Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds

Organic American Highbush Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds

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Organic American Highbush Cranberry Seeds
Viburnum trilobum
American Cranberrybush Viburnum, American Cranberrybush or Highbush or High Bush Cranberry
Description: A small tree, though, many consider it to be a shrub. Normally growing to over 12 feet in height, and spreading equally. This impressive native North American Cranberry is a great plant for the restoration of any wooded, woodland, or restoration project. It may also be grown individually, or in groups for harvest, or for an added accent to any landscape.
Soil/site: Grows in wet to well-drained soils.
Uses: Spacing for hedges and borders 4' apart, singular spacing 10' apart.
Flowers: Small white flowers held in flat clusters, less showy fertile inner flowers are surrounded by a ring of showier sterile flowers, flower clusters are 2 inches to 3.5 inches across, bloom time is late May to early June, showy in bloom
Fruit: Bright red berries, held in pendulous clusters, individual fruits are 0.4 inches in diameter, effective from late summer through mid-autumn, by winter the fruits shrivel and look like dried red raisins
Wildlife value: Red berries eaten by grouse, turkey, deer and numerous songbirds, plant browsed by deer, rabbits and mice.
Other: Berries tart, but edible, extract of bark used medicinally.
USDA Zones: 2a to 8b
Season: Spring
Habitat: Native on both sides of Continental Divide
Summer Foliage: Opposite, simple leaves, leaves with 3 primary lobes (maple-shaped), entire leaf margin is irregularly and coarsely toothed, leaves are 2 inches to 4 inches long and wide, dark green color, leaf surface is glabrous, petioles with distinct disk-like or suction cup-shaped glands
Autumn Foliage: Can be yellow-red or reddish purple, often the fall color is disappointing and leaves drop green
Mature height: 12 to 15'.
Culture: Full sun to partial shade, easily transplanted and established, best growth on fertile, moist soils, very soil adaptable, soil pH is not critical, occasional pruning to remove oldest stems may be helpful, very tough and easy to grow
Landscape Use: Shrub border, screen, mass plantings, small groupings, useful for flowering and fruiting, difficult growing sites
Discussion: Viburnum trilobum is unusually beautiful with its soft maple-like leaves, producing white lacecap flowers mid-May to mid-June, followed by bunches of shiny bright red berries by August, which can be harvested in autumn. The berries are larger & redder & longer lasting on the Wentworth cultivar. In autumn, it puts on a wonderful display of purple leaves. It wants a goodly amount of sun, but in Zone 8 perhaps not quite full sun. Ours gets a fair portion of afternoon sun, but is shaded all morning. It wants moist well draining humousy soil, but is not like Lowbush Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) which likes swampy conditions, & Highbush Cranberries should never be over watered. Though somewhat susceptible to black-aphids, it is otherwise nearly impervious to insects or diseases. It grows to eight or ten feet high. We planted it at the foot of the back step, & Granny Artemis has built an arbor over the whole back stoop which provides a trellis behind the Wentworth Cranberry, not because the species has any real need to be trellised, but ours needed a wall or barrier so we can let it get as thick as possible without having to trim it too drastically away from the stoop. The berries are not tasty off the bush, being so tart, but make excellent jellies & jams & pancake syrups & sauces. Picked early in autumn they are terribly bitter & may need to be cut with sweeter berries to make a good jelly, but they have a lot of natural pectin early in autumn so will not need any pectin added to jell up excellently. Picked after the first or second hard frost, they are softer & not so rich in pectin hence much more palatable.

Materials: Organic American Highbush Cranberry Seeds