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botanical name:
Vaccinium macrocarpon
Vaccinium macrocarpon © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Cranberry, Bearberry
synonyms:  Oxycoccos macrocarpus
family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 0.20m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: semi-prostrate
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: red
stem/bark: brown
main season: Autumn
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -40°C
USDA zone: 2 to 7
Low growing evergreen with a lax creeping habit , thin wiry stems and small leathery leaves. Small pink flowers, followed by edible dark-red berries.
Similar to Vaccinium oxycoccos but with slightly larger leaves.

Needs moist to boggy, peaty lime-free soil. Do not use fertiliser or fresh manure-based composts as it may scorch the roots. Very cold hardy.

Can be grow in containers with suitable ericaceous compost.

By seed, cuttings, layering or division of suckers

Edible fruits, often used for drinks and sauces. Very benificial to health and used medicinally.

other notes:
Native to north-eastern parts of North America
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