Vaccinium macracarpon

A wild clone from WI. Early ripening, Large to medium bright red fruit. Very productive. Native. Space 1' circle. Clay soils should have 80% moist peat worked into top 4" of soil and mulched 1-2" with aged mulch for all cranberry varieties. Zones 3-7.

Plant Characteristics
Pest Resistance Excellent
Disease Resistance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Poor
Heat Tolerance Fair
Humidity Tolerance Good
Sun Tolerance Good
Wet Soil Tolerance Good
Shade Tolerance Good
No Spray Excellent
Salt Tolerance Poor
Fresh for Kids Poor
Deer Resistance Fair
Thorns No
Soil Type High Organic Matter
Edible Type Fruit
Self Fertile Yes
This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, comments/opinions are always welcome


The American Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) offer tremendous potential for the home gardener. We already enjoy cranberries for the holidays and year-round in juice drinks. Now we can enjoy them in the landscape.

Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not require a bog or wetland for successful culture, but are easy to grow in most Northwest upland soils. Plant as you would blueberries with moderate additions of acidic organic matter or sand to lighten heavy soils.

Plant 2 feet apart for a solid ground cover or use in hanging baskets or planters for a delicate cascading effect. Plant in full sun or partial shade for areas with hot summers. Protect from spring frosts for most consistent yields.

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