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Use this tool to find out about characteristics; such as soil pH, cultivation methods, pests and post harvest treatment; for a specific crop. To load a crop's characteristics choose a crop from the drop-down menu. To see a list of all possible crops grouped by category click on the “Show List of All Available Crops” link next to the drop-down menu.

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Highbush cranberries

Common NameHighbush cranberries
Latin NameViburnum trilobum, Viburnum opulus var. americana
VarietyWentworth, Andrews, Hahs 
Visual Traits
Flowersmall, white cymes;
Foliage/Fall leaf colorred
Fruitshowy red; persist through frost; harvest late summer or fall, before becoming astringent
Other valued traitshedge plant
Field preparation and plantingweed 4 sq ft around each plant
Field spacing / planting depth5-6' spacing for max fruit production, 2' for hedge
Propagation methodnursery-grown, container
Pruningremove older, broken stems when overgrown
Seed treatment and storagetwo years to germinate
Softwood cuttingsmid-June to early July
Insect and invertebrate pestsViburnum leaf beetle
Pathogensnone serious
Fertility / qualitywide range
Moisture and drainagewell-drained; flood intolerant
Soils and topographylow wet woodlands, swampy peat bogs, dry forests
Texturewide range
Growth Pattern
Growth rateslow
Habitat and Climate
Fire tolerancemoderate
Frost-free days (FFD)90
Hardiness ZoneZones 2-7
Native RangeEastern North America
Rainfall / humidity35-55"
Light recommendationfull sun to partial shade
Shade tolerancetolerant
Special Notes
Note 1Viburnum opulus (European cranberry bush) has more astringent fruit; plagued with aphids