The American cranberry is native to the United States and Canada, where it is an important commercial crop. Juice production is the primary commercial use, but some cranberries are marketed as fresh fruit. The plants are difficult to grow, requiring wetland conditions, organic soil, and seasonal flooding.
Photo by Carl E Lewis
Cultivation: Small shrub for USDA hardiness zones 2 to 6. Grows best in full sun with high moisture.
Size: Reaches 9" to 1' (23 cm to 30 cm) tall with a spread of 3' to 4' (90 cm to 1.2 m).
Flowering: Blooms from late spring through mid-summer.
Fruiting: Bears fruit from early fall through mid-fall.
Propagation methods: division, cuttings, seeds.