high bush cranberry fruit

Asked January 6, 2018, 6:38 PM EST

Hello, do the flowers/fruit occur on old stems( 1 year and older), or on new(last years growth)? Thanks, Armen Hitzemann

Chisago County Minnesota viburnum horticulture shrub

1 Response

The flowers and fruit are borne on old wood. If pruning is needed, do it soon after flowering. Of course if you want fruit, avoid removing stems that have flowered.

If you plan to consume the fruit, be sure the shrub in question is an American cranberry bush and not its almost ubiquitous European cousin. The fruit of the latter is distasteful and virtually inedible.

The following may be of interest:
http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/american-cranberry-bush