Our plant stand will open 05/28/22 this year and we'll be working a few markets as well.
Fruitful American Cranberry(Viburnum trilobum)
An open-pollinated strain originating from a wild cranberry bush found in a Michigan wetland that was selected and grown for years by the famous local nursery, Oikos Tree Corps. Ken grew 1500 seedlings and selected for a couple that fruited within 3 years from seed. Oikos recently closed their nursery, and we are fortunate to have acquired several of their naturally enriched native plant strains.
Plants will grow to fruit heavy at a young age with exceptionally bright dark red berries. Height is naturally a little shorter than the typical for the species from 4 to 8 ft. This selected strain is a good one for fruit production. The plants have almost a spur type fruiting habit much like apples with fruiting occurring all along the branches. The fruit size is smaller than others but it still has the same quality. It is necessary to let these freeze quite a few times before they are palatable. Once bletted fully the fruit does taste like a cranberry and can be processed with sugar or a sweet fruit juice.
These are currently provided in ~quart sized plastic pots provided by Oikos Nursery.
Why are We Planting This?
Berries are loved by birds and other wildlife. Serves as a host plant (a type of plant critical to the lifecycle of a specific species) to specific butterflies and moths.
Fruit is rich in vitamin C and be a substitute for (tragically) more familiar European cranberries. Can be used in jams and preserves. See recommendation from Oikos on preparation above.
Has a history of medicinal use. See below
Read more about the ethnobotany of American Cranberry and its history of medicinal uses at the fully-referenced Plants for a Future.
|Native Plant Category||
Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
Edible, Good for Wild Birds, Host Plants
|Type of Plant||
Native to Michigan, Open-pollinated cultivar by Oikos