How to Harvest American Cranberrybush

Ripening fruit on an American cranberry bush can be used for jam or eaten by birds in winter. image by USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E., et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Administration, Bismarck.

Pick the American cranberry bush when its reddened fruit is under-ripe in late summer to fall ,before the first frost. Use the sour fruit for juice, sauce, jelly and jam.

Keywords: American cranberry, cranberry tree, Viburnum trilobum, highbush cranberry

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Photo by: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E., et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Administration, Bismarck.