Fruitful American Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)


An open-pollinated strain originating from a wild cranberry bush found in a Michigan wetland that was selected and grown for years by the famous local nursery, Oikos Tree Corps. Ken grew 1500 seedlings and selected for a couple that fruited within 3 years from seed. Oikos recently closed their nursery, and we are fortunate to have acquired several of their naturally enriched native plant strains.

Plants will grow to fruit heavy at a young age with exceptionally bright dark red berries. Height is naturally a little shorter than the typical for the species from 4 to 8 ft. This selected strain is a good one for fruit production. The plants have almost a spur type fruiting habit much like apples with fruiting occurring all along the branches. The fruit size is smaller than others but it still has the same quality. It is necessary to let these freeze quite a few times before they are palatable. Once bletted fully the fruit does taste like a cranberry and can be processed with sugar or a sweet fruit juice.

These are currently provided in ~quart sized plastic pots provided by Oikos Nursery.

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Why are We Planting This?

Ecological Gifts
Berries are loved by birds and other wildlife. Serves as a host plant (a type of plant critical to the lifecycle of a specific species) to specific butterflies and moths.

Edible Gifts
Fruit is rich in vitamin C and be a substitute for (tragically) more familiar European cranberries. Can be used in jams and preserves. See recommendation from Oikos on preparation above.

Medicinal Gifts
Has a history of medicinal use. See below

Read more about the ethnobotany of American Cranberry and its history of medicinal uses at the fully-referenced Plants for a Future.

Additional information


Full, Partial


Average, Wet

Bloom Time

June, May

Bloom Color


Native Plant Category

Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Special Features

Edible, Good for Wild Birds, Host Plants

Type of Plant

Native to Michigan, Open-pollinated cultivar by Oikos