Organic European Highbush Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds

Organic European Highbush Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds

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Organic European Highbush Cranberry
Viburnum opulus
High Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry, Bitter Cranberry
Soil/site: Grows in wet to well-drained soils.
Uses: Spacing for hedges and borders 4' apart, singular spacing 10' apart.
Flowers/fruits: Abundant, red berries retained through winter.
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: Zones 2a to 7b
Season: Spring
Habitat: Native on both sides of Continental Divide
Mature height: 12 to 15'.
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. Our young bush is only titty-high so far. 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. It may sometimes seem like birds simply won't eat them until there is nothing else to choose from, but partly the reason birds wait to eat them later in the winter is because that's when they're tastiest. There is a small specialized market for American Highbush Cranberry jams, sauces, & pancake syrup, & V. trilobum is almost always the species grown or harvested commercially, though V. edule the Alaska Highbush Cranberry also has some commercial use in Native American small businesses, & hybrids developed in Sweden & Russia for crop use may well include V. opulus in their heritage though mainly even in Europe they are working with the American Highbush Cranberry instead of their native V. opulus which stands at the high end of tartness.

Materials: Organic European Highbush Cranberry Seeds