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Plant Details

Vaccinium macrocarpon

Cranberry

Scientific Name:

Vaccinium macrocarpon

Common Name:

Cranberry

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

Size in Feet:

1

Light:

Full-Sun

Soil Moisture:

Hygric(*)

Bloom Time:

May - June - July

Bloom Area:

Scattered Mountains & Coast

Habitat Description:

Mountain bogs, low pocosins with deep peat, interdunal swales. Rare in NC Mountains and Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

This is the familiar edible cranberry, raised commercially in artificial bogs, primarily in MA, WI, and NJ. The occurrence in the inner Coastal Plain (fall-line sandhills) along the Little River in Cumberland County, NC is questionably native.
Listed on NCNHP site as threatened in Allegheny, Ashe, Avery, Bladen, Brunswick, Burke, Caldwell, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Haywood, Hyde, Transylvania, Tyrrell, and Watauga counties in North Carolina.

Bloom

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Tom Harville

Petals curve back as it ages.

Plants

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Tom Harville

This is a trailing shrub with erect branches.

Waning Blooms

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Tom Harville
July 07

Berries in late winter

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Paynter, March 2011

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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