- Main interest:
- edible, medicinal fruits, red fall colour, attracts wildlife and pollinators
- full sun to full shade
- Soil humidity:
- moist soil
- Flower colour:
- Flowering period:
- May to June
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 5a: -29 °C (-20 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 7 ft (2.1 m) width: 5 ft (1.5 m)
- hedges, naturalizing, wildlife gardens
Viburnum edule is a hardy, and native to Canada. It has attractive flowers and fruit, and brilliantly colored foliage in the fall. It is one of the most sought after shrubs for the wildlife gardener to attract birds to their garden. The squashberry bush also provides cover for small mammals. Butterflies visit the white flower clusters. Fruits are red or orange berry-like drupes that ripen in late summer and persist through winter.
Viburnum edule is a heavy fruit bearer, and its tart berries are highly valued for jellies and jams. In the wild it is found moist woods, forest edges, rocky slopes, along streams, and in swamps; and will do best in cool, moist soil; and in a variety of light conditions.
Highbush Cranberry is a traditional indigenous medicine plant, for coughs and digestive disorders, and a gargle for sore throats.
Synonym(s): Viburnum pauciflorum, Viburnum opulus var. edule
Also known as: Lowbush Cranberry, Moosewood Viburnum, Squashberry Viburnum, Few-flowered Cranberry Bush