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Cranberry

( Vaccinium macrocarpon )

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Cranberry
Large Cranberry
American Cranberry
Ericaceae
Vaccinium
Vaccinium macrocarpon
Aiton
NB, NL, NS, ON, PE, QC
BC
Oxyococcus macrocarpus
Characteristics

Shrub

Deciduous

Wet

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Taiga Shield, Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime, Mixedwood Plains

Riparian, Swamp/Marsh, Bog/Fen, Lakeshores

Pond Edge/Wetland Garden
Design Considerations

0 cm

20 cm

Jun - Aug

Pink

Yes

Yes

Red






No

No

No
Conservation Status

No


Interesting Tidbits

The fruits of this cranberry ripen rather late in the year. By happy coincidence, they are usually ready for harvesting around the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, just in time to a superb sauce for turkey. They are too tart to eat raw, although they become sweeter after being exposed to frost. The are quite high in vitamin C and very flavorful after being sweetened with sugar or honey. (Edible Wild Fruits and Nuts of Canada) Introduced to BC; not native. (Nature Serve)


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