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Vaccinium is grown for its flowers, foliage, and berries. The leaves of some deciduous species exhibit an attractive fall color.

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American Cranberry   Ben Lear (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

Cranberry 'Ben Lear' has burgundy-red colored fruit that is highly sought after for its early harvest season and large size.  It's high production ability and dark color makes it prized for processing into sauces.  A natural variety (not man made), that's growing nature is prostrate and spreading.  So this makes for a great horticultural edible that can fill several niches in your garden or landscape.

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Plant Types: Fruit, Groundcover, Perennial, Shrub, Vine
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 8 inches to 10 inches
Width: 2 feet to 3 feet
Zones: 4a to 8b
Bloom Color: Pink, White
Bloom Seasons: Mid summer
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Edible, North American native
Shape: Spreading or horizontal, Trailing
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Nursery Select Miracid® Water Soluble Plant Food
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Plant Care

Propagate from the seed in fall. Sow in containers in a cold frame (for protection and to ensure hardiness). Can also propagate deciduous plants from greenwood cuttings in early summer. Evergreens from semi-ripe cuttings. Conduct layering in late summer.

Plant Growth:

Evergreen, semi-evergreen, or deciduous shrubs and trees. Vacciniums do well in partial shade. Height varies depending on variety. One species will grow to approx. 12 ft. tall. Vaccinium works best in a shrub border, woodland garden, or rock garden.


Blooms bell-shaped or cylindrical flowers in white, green, pink, or red in spring and summer followed by spherical, edible berries. V. angustifolium var. laevifolium, V. ashei, V. corymbosum, and V. macrocarpon are grown primarily for their blueberries or cranberries.

Soil and Irrigation:

Vacciniums require acidic, peaty or sandy soil that is well-draining yet kept moist.


For deciduous plants, remove shoots, annually, in late winter or early spring, to maintain a healthy framework. Shoots of evergreen species should be trimmed after the flowering period. Remove dead/damaged plant parts in midspring.


Caterpillars and scale insects. Vaccinium is also prone to gray mold, leaf and bud gall, rust, witches' broom, dieback, crow and root rot, and powdery mildew.