An excellent groundcover for sandy acidic soils, this blueberry relative is a low mat-forming evergreen shrub from the southeastern United States. It steadily expands to provide a reliably dense and attractive carpet of small shiny dark-green leaves. Some forms such as 'Wells Delight' have bronze new foliage. The small, red, urn shaped flowers appear in late spring. These give rise to a scattering small, sweet, black-blue fruits. Several cultivars have been selected for vigor and for foliage size...
James H. Schutte
(American Cranberry, Hamilton Cranberry)
A dwarf form of a commercially important eastern North American native, this tiny, bun-shaped evergreen shrub is grown for ornamental rather than culinary purposes.
The low mounded stems of this miniature shrub are densely clad with petite rounded rich-green leaves which turn mahogany tones in winter. Clusters of small starry pink flowers appear in late spring and early summer, followed by a scattering of proportionately large, edible, red-skinned fruits with firm pinkish flesh.
(American Cranberry, Large Cranberry, Stevens Cranberry)
Grown commercially for its tart red berries, this creeping broadleaf evergreen shrub from eastern North America also makes an excellent plant for the culinary or ornamental garden. The prostrate stems root at the nodes to eventually form large mats of narrow dark-green leaves which turn bronze or red in winter. Clusters of pinkish urn-shaped flowers appear in summer, followed by proportionately large red-skinned fruits with firm pinkish flesh. The fruits are used in relishes, baked goods, and preserves....
A small rounded evergreen shrub from western China, Himalayan blueberry provides a year-round display of colorful foliage, flowers, and fruits. It is densely furnished with leathery, glossy oval leaves which are bronze when new, rich green from late spring into fall, and burgundy-red through the cold days of late fall and winter. Summer foliage is often red-tipped. In late spring and early summer small maroon urn-shaped flowers appear in pendent clusters, followed by tiny, round, purple-black berries....
Offering pretty pink-tinged white flowers in spring and early summer, tasty black fruits in fall, and attractive foliage year round, this upright broadleaf evergreen shrub from far western North America is a plant for all seasons.
The oval, leathery, finely toothed, dark green leaves are often red-tinted when young. The pendent clusters of small urn-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and bees. Somewhat bitter at first, the dark blue to black fruits can be harvested and eaten by early fall,...
California huckleberry is an upright broadleaf evergreen shrub from far western North America. Exceptionally large tasty fruit and bright spring foliage make 'Thunderbird' an outstanding selection of this fine four-season ornamental plant.
The oval, leathery, finely toothed, dark green leaves are a showy bronze-red when young. The pendent clusters of small urn-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and bees. Somewhat bitter at first, the dark blue to black fruits can be harvested and eaten by early...
A low mat-forming evergreen from upper latitudes worldwide, lingonberry provides a year-round display of attractive foliage, flowers, and fruits. Oval, glossy, dark green leaves densely line prostrate branches that root where they contact soil. Young leaves often are red- or orange-tinted. In late spring and early summer clusters of pendent bell-shaped white or pink flowers crowd the branch tips. Bright red, round fruits that taste like cranberries follow, becoming more flavorful with age. They are...
A low mat-forming evergreen from upper latitudes worldwide, lingonberry provides a year-round display of attractive foliage, flowers, and fruits. The compact selection 'Koralle' bears bears deep pink flowers all summer and produces larger and more prolific fruit over a longer season. Oval, glossy, dark green leaves crowd short prostrate branches that root where they contact soil, forming a dense compact cushion. Young leaves often are red- or orange-tinted. In late spring and throughout summer clusters...