Large Cranberry, American Cranberry -
Vaccinium macrocarpon (latin)
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Geographical origin: Northern America.
Adult dimensions: Height up to 0.30m, width up to 0.80m.
Type of soil: Acid soil, moist to humid.
Hardiness: Hardy to -30°C.
Site: Mid-shade to full sun.
Characteristics and uses: The Cranberry is a small creeping shrub with thin branches. It produces small pink flowers, followed as from September by edible small red berries, called Cranberries. These berries can be eaten fresh or dried, in salted or in sweet dishes. They can be used for making jams, juices and they can be frozen.
The fruit has numerous antioxidant proprieties; it fights urinary infections, and would have effective actions against oral infections.