10 - 20-36'' American Cranberry
The deciduous American Cranberry bush is edible, hardy, maintenance-free, adaptable, and it adds attractive year-round interest to your landscape. Native to North America, this sizeable ornamental sports dense upright branches that grow into a full mounded form. Springtime brings an abundance of flat, cream-colored flowers in broad groupings that have a lacy and delicate appearance. Clusters of plump berries follow, starting out green and turning yellow-orange and finally bright scarlet by fall. As autumn approaches, American Cranberry’s outstanding emerald green leaves begin turning gorgeous shades of orange, crimson and burgundy. Once the leaves begin dropping, the fire-engine red berries become even more visible, creating a dazzling display. If allowed to remain, these stunning bunches of berries will hang on the shrub through the winter. This not only offers radiant warm color to an often monochromatic and frosty landscape, but also provides a much-welcomed nosh for birds and small mammals when food sources are in short supply. Maturing to heights of 5-6 feet with a similar spread, the American Cranberry bush can be planted in rows and clipped to take shape as a stunning privacy hedge.