• Viburnum trilobum

    High bush cranberry

Viburnum trilobum

high bush cranberry description:

Viburnum trilobum, also known as the American cranberry bush, is a deciduous shrub that can reach heights of 8-15 feet with a similar spread. It is a native plant to North America and is a popular choice for landscaping due to its attractive foliage, showy flowers, and edible fruit. The leaves of Viburnum trilobum are three-lobed and can range in size from 2-4 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. They are a vibrant green color in the summer and turn to shades of red and purple in the fall, providing a stunning display of color.

The flowers of Viburnum trilobum are also a highlight of the plant, blooming in late spring to early summer. They are small and white, but form large clusters that can be 2-4 inches in diameter. These clusters are held upright above the foliage, making them very showy and attractive to bees and other pollinators. In the fall, the plant produces bright red berries that are edible and can be used for making jams and jellies. The berries can also be left on the plant to provide food for birds during the winter months.

Viburnum trilobum is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of landscape settings. It is commonly used as a hedge or screen, as it can be grown into a dense thicket that provides privacy and shelter. It can also be used as a specimen plant, allowing its attractive foliage and flowers to stand out on their own. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil, but can tolerate a wide range of soil types and conditions. With its attractive foliage, showy flowers, and edible fruit, Viburnum trilobum is a great choice for any garden or landscape.

Native Range:

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Standard Plant Information:

Plant Height: 8-15'

Bloom time: May - June

Preferred Habitat: Does well in part shade to full sun with moist soil. Often found in woodland edges, clearings, swamps, fens, and shorelines. 


Planting a tree/shrub seedling or small potted tree/shrub properly is important to ensure its healthy growth and development. Here are the steps you can follow to plant a tree:

  1. Choose the right spot: Select a spot with adequate sunlight, water, and soil drainage. Make sure the tree has enough space to grow to its full size without interfering with other plants, structures, or utility lines.

  2. Prepare the soil: Dig a hole that is twice as wide and slightly shallower than the root ball of the seedling. Remove weeds or debris from the area. Loosen the soil around the edges of the hole to help the roots grow more easily.

  3. Plant the seedling: Place the seedling in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the ground surface. Gently spread out the roots and fill in the hole with soil, tamping it down lightly as you go.

  4. Water the seedling: Water the tree/shrub deeply and thoroughly after planting, making sure the soil is evenly moist. This will help settle the soil around the roots and eliminate any air pockets.

  5. Monitor the growth: Keep an eye on the seedling to make sure it is getting enough water and sunlight, and that it is not being attacked by pests or diseases. Prune any damaged or dead branches as necessary, and provide support if needed.

By following these steps, you can help ensure the healthy growth and development of your newly planted tree/shrub seedling.

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