American highbush cranberry is a good wildlife food and cover plant for small mammals and birds. Twigs are eaten by deer, moose and beaver. Fruits are a staple winter food for ruffed grouse and are eaten sparingly by pheasants and at least five species of songbirds. Humans find the fruit tart but edible and excellent as a preserve or sauce.

It is an attractive flowering landscape plant for use in odd areas or in group plantings around homes and farm ponds. The fruit is a bright red which increases its ornamental value. Combined, its characteristics make it useful as a dual purpose food plant and ornamental.

Contributed by: USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program

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Highbush Cranberry

5 for $23.50, 10 for $37.60, 25 for $71, 50 for $118, 100 for $188, 500 for $705


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