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PlantFiles: Small Cranberry, European Cranberry, Bog Cranberry
Vaccinium oxycoccos

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: oxycoccos (ok-see-KOK-kohs) (Info)

Synonym:Oxycoccus oxycoccos
Synonym:Oxycoccus microcarpos
Synonym:Oxycoccus palustris
Synonym:Vaccinium microcarpum
Synonym:Vaccinium hagerupii

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tagati On Aug 31, 2004, tagati from Beiseker
Canada wrote:

Collecting cranberries. Best to find a high mound of moss that has good sun exposure. Labrador tea, blueberries and pigeon berries(dogwood) are good indicators as to where to find bog cranberries. Berries are red on one side and white underneath. Berries lie right on the moss and later in the season are deep red all around. They only grow where there is moss.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Nome, Alaska
Petersville, Alaska
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania

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