Highbush Cranberry is an erect native shrub that serves dual purposes as both an ornamental and a food plant. Plants are multi-stemmed but do not form thickets by spreading. The shrub is useful as a medium tall hedge or border for screening or a windbreak. Leaves are dark green in the summer and reddish in the fall. Flowers are white and fruit is bright red or orange and persists throughout the winter. The fruits can be eaten raw or cooked into a sauce to serve with meat or game. Fruit can also be used in jellies, jams, pies, sauces, liqueurs and wine. Hardy plant that will fare well once established, self-fertile. Good wildlife food and cover plant for small mammals and birds. Twigs are eaten by deer, moose and beaver. Fruits are a staple winter food for ruffed grouse and are eaten sparingly by pheasants and at least five species of songbirds. Soil: Grows most often in moist areas but can thrive in sunnier, dry areas. Height: 6 to 15 feet, 8-10 feet spread. Zones: 2-7.
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