Highbush Cranberry is a shrub which grows 2–4 meters (6–12 ft) in a cascading shape. When grown along a shoreline it produces beautiful berries, which are a food source for songbirds. The berries have also historically been incorporated into jellies, both sweet and savoury.
The shrub forms large clusters of white to pink flowers in May–June. Bright red fruit are best to harvest after first frost as the frost sweetens them a little.
The flowers provide nectar for pollinators. Mammals and birds feed on its fruit, twigs, and leaves. Photo credit: Rebecca Krawczyk.
Source: Regionally sourced native
Soil: Rich, moist
Sun: Partial shade preferred but will grow in full sun
Seedling Height: 6-18”
Maximum Height: 2-4 metres, 6-12 feet
Potted or root: Bare root