Cranberry - Northern


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Yes
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Eastern North America
Zones: 2-6 (2-8)

Northern Small Cranberry, Vaccinium oxycoccos, is a vining, low growing bog plant with pretty, edible, pinkish red berries in the Fall, maroon in Winter. Leaves are shorter, 1/8" (.5 cm), elliptical with very short stems and a pronounced dark vein. Flowers resemble small pink shooting stars or the head of a crane. Fruit ripens in the Fall, and are typically numerous, small, 1/4" (1cm), with a sour apple taste. V. oxycoccos prefers cooler growing than V. macrocarpus. Cranberries prefer the open, wet areas of bogs, often forming a dense ring around open water or creeping among other plants in bog hummocks. Cranberry can be a rapid grower, forming dense networks of intertwining vines, 3ft (1m) long. This is great for copious fruit bearing, but can crowd an area, if not trimmed and controlled. It develops dark red leaves in the Fall, and is winter hardy. Water with rain/distilled water. It is a curious and interesting bog plant, and makes an attractive boggy ground cover with delicious fruit.

For Cranberry, each portion is a rooted, growing small starter plant.

Height: 1" - 3"
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate
Soil: Lower Bog Mix
Soil pH: 4-6.5
Light: Partial Sun to Shade
Use: Edible, pretty fruit, curious ground cover among carnivorous plants

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Jacqueline Hill
Tiny but mighty!

I got the small and it was a ~4” stalk with beautiful burgundy leaves. Within the week, a second stalk began growing. I look forward to watching it grow, and hopefully fruit, for years to come.

Small tiny seedlings.over priced.

I was surprised by how tiny they were. not sure if one is even alive since they are purple and hopefully dormant not dead.

M. Stiles
Growing well in natural bog among sphagnum

We have a natural bog on our property that people who grew up in the area say used to have cranberries, and it is at a similar elevation to a protected relic peat bog nearby that has the same species, so I put out some plugs of these plants a year ago as a test. Happy to report that five of the plants have multiplied from one initial sprig to two, three or four sprigs. One of the plants is alive but has not grown, will try moving to a new location within the bog. Look forward to planting more this year to restore some of the diversity of this lovely native area. Thank you so much for making this unusual native plant available

Gerard Tedeschi
Awesome ground cover

There is nothing like a good carpet to really tie the room together. The cranberries bring such a beautiful heir of authenticity to a display.
( i hope my video work)

You recently viewed

Clear recently viewed