Medicinal multi-stemmed native shrub—yes, we’ve identified this one as the true native highbush cranberry! Clusters of 4" flat white flowers in May attract beneficial insects. Quite lovely in bloom. Pendulous bunches of red berries ripen mid-October, popular with dozens of bird species. Fruit is extremely rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Although considered a wildlife plant, berries can be used for juice, jam, fruit leather and syrups.
Phillips was selected for superior flavor, and the berries do not emit the usual offensive odor when heated. Jells without additional pectin. Bark is one of the most effective anti-spasmodic native medicinals. Harvest bark in April or early May before leaves emerge by running a sharp knife down the long younger stems. Make tea or tincture to relieve cramping and muscle tension of various sorts.
Good for screens and hedges. Tolerates dry soils that are high in organic matter, but prefers rich moist well-drained soils, sun or shade. Soil pH 6–7. Susceptible to viburnum leaf beetle; check with your local extension office or nursery to determine if this could be a problem. Not a bog cranberry. Native to northeast U.S. and Canada. Self-pollinating. Z2. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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