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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
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
By seed, cuttings, layering or division of suckers

usage:
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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