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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.