General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 6b
Plant Height: 2 to 6 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Self
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Bog Cranberry
  • Small cranberry
  • European Cranberry

Photo Gallery
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-08-07
labled plants in bog garden
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-08-07
plants in bog garden
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jan 18, 2019 2:06 PM concerning plant:
    Native west of the Cascade Mountains, from Alaska south to California, east to Idaho, across Canada, and from the upper Midwest to the Atlantic coast. Usually found in sphagnum bogs. Berries are edible, fresh, in oil, or dried. The berries were associated with high rank by the Sechelt people.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 20, 2019 7:29 PM concerning plant:
    This Small Cranberry is native to northern Eurasia and northern North America in tundra, bogs, fens, and in various wetlands with a high water table and low nitrogen. Its leaves are smaller than the Common Cranberry, being 1/6th to 1/3rd to 0.4 inches long, the leaf tipts are pointed, and the leaf margins roll under. The smaller, drier berry is about 1/4 to 1/3 inch wide. It is not grown for fruit production, but some people do collect and eat wild fruit.

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