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Cranberry Bush

Viburnum trilobum

The Cranberry Bush grows natively from New Brunswick and British Columbia south to New York, Michigan, South Dakota, and Oregon. It is similar to the European Cranberry Bush in form and flower, but it is not readily available in the nursery trade. In 1791, Thomas Jefferson ordered "bush cranberries, all you have" from the William Prince Nursery on Long Island. Included in this list were many native trees and shrubs as well as fruits and roses.
The Cranberry Bush reaches 12 feet and forms extremely handsome, broad, flat-topped clusters of white flowers in late spring. Its attractive bright red, edible fruits develop in late summer, and the lustrous, deeply lobed, dark green foliage turns yellow to red-purple in the fall.

Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Color(s): 
White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2
Location at Monticello: 
East Lawn Entrance
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 15 to 2002 Jun 72003 Apr 22 to 2003 Jun 92005 Apr 52006 Apr 20 to 2006 Jun 12012 Apr 13 to 2012 Jun 42013 Apr 30 to 2013 Jun 6
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