Vaccinium macrocarpon Ericaceae
Cranberry, American Cranberry vak-SIN-ee-um mak-ro-KAR-pon
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub or ground cover, low growing, forms large, flat mats by creeping stems, to 15 cm or more. Leaves small, 1-2 cm, elliptic-oblong, margin entire and sometimes slightly rolled, dark green above, whitish below, very short petile. Flowers pinkish, solitary or 2-4 on a slender stalks, about 6 mm, stamens exposed. Fruit globose, 1-2 cm, red, acidic.
- Sun to part shade. Prefers moist, well-drained, high organic matter, acidic soils.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2 Native from Newfoundland to Saskatchewan, south to Minnesota, Michigan and North Carolina. The cranberry of commerce.
- macrocarpon: with large fruit
- Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden, Conifer Garden