Planting Cranberries

Highbush Cranberries picture We don’t live next to a bog, but instead make our home on top of a hill.  So why are we planting cranberries?!  Highbush Cranberries, Viburnum Opulus Americana, aren’t really cranberries.  They just look and taste like cranberries.  They’re actually members of the honeysuckle family. These shade tolerant native North American shrubs can grow up to about 10 feet tall and are covered with the classic bright red berries in the fall. We just planted ours close together in a line to form a hedge along the pathway down to the river. I’m unsure how long these take to fruit, but I’ve read that they attract wildlife, both as a nesting area and as food. That could be fun for the kids. Any cranberries that actually make it past the obstacle course of kids and the animals will likely be made into jams and wine.

I used a post hole digger to make some quick holes for seedlings.
I used a post hole digger to make some quick holes for seedlings.

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