American cranberrybush, cranberry tree, crampbark tree, guelder-rose, wild gueldes-rose, gueldres-rose, cherry-wood, rose elder, red elder, marsh elder, water elder, white elder, gadrise, gaiter tree, gatten, love rose, May rose, pincushion tree, dog rowan tree, whitten tree, squaw bush, witch-hobble, witchhopple
Caprifoliaceae – Honeysuckle family
A woody shrub
Grows up to 17' tall
Opposite leaves consisting of 3 strong, long, pointed lobes which are coarsely toothed, and 2" - 4" long. Leafstalks have tiny dome shaped glands at base of leaf blades.
Woody shrub with leafstalks that have tiny dome shaped glands at base of leaf blades
Flowers blossom from May-July. Fruits ripen in Sep - Oct
Small flower clusters consisting of multiple 5 petaled white flowers
Fruits ripen in Sep - Oct, and, if the birds do not find them, they will often remain throughout the winter. Fruit is bright red, tart, and juicy
Although not related to Cranberry (Vaccinium spp.), Highbush Cranberries can be used in the same manner
Cool woods, thickets, shores, rocky slopes
Wild Food Uses:
Highbush Cranberry fruit can be eaten fresh, or cooked. Many people find the berries too tart to eat fresh, but cooking with some lemon peel yields a wonderful stewed fruit. Can also be crushed and mixed with water for a refreshing drink. Excellent in jams and jellies. This fruit is high in vitamin C.
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