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Highbush Cranberry Seed


Latin Name: Viburnum trilobum


Family: Caprifoliaceae

Native Range: Southern Canada and the northern United States west to Eastern Saskatchewan.

Seed Source: Improved seed strain, highbush cranberry seed block, near Indian Head Saskatchewan.

Height and Spread: 4m x 2m (10 years) 

Overview: The  seed strain was developed specifically for tree planting in the Canadian prairies. It is a composite of selected parent trees from native stands and shelterbelts. 

Fruits: Red drupe, 8-12 mm long with thin sour-sweet edible flesh. 

Average number of seeds/packet: 300


Stratification: Soak seed 72 hours then stratify in moist sand (10 percent moisture) for 140 days at 20⁰C. When germinations starts to occur in bag, sow into a flat of peat moss in warm conditions until seeds sprout. Transplant sprouted seed to containers.

Ideal sowing time: Non-treated seed in summer (will germinate the following spring) or stratified seed in spring.

Sowing instructions:  Outdoor seedbed - Sow 2.0 cm deep and 75 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell 1 cm deep.

Growing conditions: Grows in full sunlight and shade. It is extremely hardy and prefers moist soils. It will colonize a site with root suckers.


Highbush cranberry is an excellent choice for windbreaks, EcoBuffers, and wildlife habitat plantings. This seed strain was developed specifically for agroforestry planting. Highbush cranberry provides wildlife valuable cover. It produces nutritious sour-sweet berries.