NH State Forest Nursery

European Highbush CranberryViburnum opulus

Other: berries tart, but edible, extract of bark used medicinally. Mature height: 12 to 15'. Non-native plant species are offered as alternative choices because of their benefit to wildlife and for their utility uses such as erosion control and site reclamation. Disclaimer: these plants are intended primarily for wildlife and songbird use. Some species may contain toxins harmful to humans if consumed.


Grows in wet to well-drained soils


Spacing for hedges and borders 4' apart, singular spacing 10' apart

Wildlife Value:

Red berries eaten by grouse, turkey, deer and numerous songbirds, plant browsed by deer, rabbits and mice


Abundant, red berries retained through winter

Seed Source:

New Hampshire

Seedling Details
Age Comment per 10 per 25 per 100 per 500 per 1000
1-2 yr 6-12" N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Only available in the Winter Survival Package.

photo of european highbush cranberry grown in hedgerow


photo of european highbush cranberry fruit


photo of european highbush cranberry courtesy of dr. michael dirr


NH State Forest Nursery | Division of Forest and Lands
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 796-2323  |  fax: (603) 271-6488