At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Adoxaceae
Latin Name: Viburnum opulu var. americanum
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Orange to red
Bloom: White lacecap
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Round to spreading
Bark: Gray and scaly
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 2 to Zone 7
Size: 12 to 8 feet
Spread: 12 to 8 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

The American Highbush Cranberry—or, by its binomial name, Viburnum Opulu var. Americanum—is a resilient, easily planted and transplanted, and lustrously colored plant that reigns as a festively ornamental shrub throughout the entire year. A member of the Adoxaceae family (a corner of the botanical kingdom that includes elderberries), the Highbush Cranberry is native to northeastern North America, with its scope spreading from Newfoundland to Virginia and as far west as British Columbia and Washington state.

Though called the Highbush Cranberry, this shrub’s fruits are not the cranberries we are most familiar with. Its bright red berries do superficially appear the same as cranberries; their paralleling period of ripeness and similar flavor adds to the confusion (cranberries are actually a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs, belonging to the genus Vaccinium in the Ericaceae family). The Highbush Cranberry’s berries are edible, tart, and rich in Vitamin C. They should be harvested by early autumn to avoid astringency.

With a 2-7 hardiness zone range, the Highbush Cranberry prospers in medium well-drained soils and grows best in full sun to partial shade. Reaching a height and spread of 8-12 ft., with a roughly round contour, this shrub is commonly planted for decorative purposes. Its leaves are dark green and deciduous, three-lobed and somewhat wrinkled, turning lively hues of coppery-orange, yellow, and scarlet in the autumn. In April and May, the Highbush Cranberry produces corymbs of white flowers that resemble lace-cap hydrangeas and which provide plentiful nectar for butterflies and other pollinators. Being very winter-hardy and requiring minimal pruning, this species can grow as bushes aligned to create a hedge or privacy screen. If they remain unpicked, the Highbush Cranberry can retain its berries throughout the autumn and winter, noticeably brightening a dreary and cold landscape.

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