Popular Name: American Bog Cranberry, American Cranberry, Cranberry.
Botanical Name: Vaccinium macrocarpon.
Growth Habit: The cranberry is a groundcover evergreen found in peat bogs and along shores of ponds, lakes, and rivers.
Foliage color: Normally green by late October, the foliage begins to go dormant and the leaves take on a beautiful rustic burgundy color. The red/brown color of the leaves is normal. If the plant is brought into a house, the leaves turn green again by the winter holidays.
Growing Cranberries: Cranberry plants can be grown in the home garden, contrary to common belief, so long as the plant is grown in highly organic, acidic soils, preferably peat moss. See growing information for tips on growing your cranberries. This plant is not poisonous.
Short History: Cranberries are one of three commercially grown,native berry fruits and were a staple of Native Americans. See a short history here.
Commercial Growing Information: Cranberries are grown commercially in Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Oregon/Washington, as well as in Canada and Chile. They grow in low, acid soils close to water. Water is used for harvesting the berries and for flooding for winter protection. See other organizations for information on commercial growing areas in the U.S.
Health Information: Today, cranberries are recognized as a healthy fruit; they are added to cereals, used as sauces, found in muffins, juice, and pies. Cranberries are high power antioxidants which prevent urinary infections and has recently been observed to possibly prevent certain cancers and heart desease. See Health Information for more information on the health and nutrition of cranberries.
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