Pruning Of Cranberry Bushes

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  1. DENI GIRL

    DENI GIRL Member

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    Am searching for information on proper &/or neccesary pruning of ALFREDO VIBURNUM TRILOBUM cranberry bushes. Also, what is the difference between vaccinium & viburnum plants, & which are more productable for edible fruits? Are these bushes practable to grow for fruit, as say, blueberries &/or raspberries? Thank you.
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    'Alfredo' is a compact-growing cultivar selected for ornamental use and named after an employee of Bailey nursery, St Paul, Minnesota. See their web site for description. There should be little need for pruning of this plant, if it doesn't fit in the planting site maybe it needs a different location.

    Cranberry viburnum and cranberry are two different plants, the latter is your Vaccinium. Viburnum trilobum vs. Vaccinium macrocarpon. Both are quite tart and less usual as eagerly consumed garden fruits planted by modern consumers than blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) and red raspberries (Rubus idaeus). How suitable viburnums and cranberries might be as fruiting plants for you depends on your own inclinations and planting site conditions.
     
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    Wow...thank you so very kindly, Mr B.
    My interest is to grow for edible fruit. You say, Viburnum & Vaccinium are two different plants...can you be a little more specific?
    Thank you again.
    Deni-girl.
     
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    Cranberries that you find in supermarkets are fruit of Vaccinium macrocarpon (from the Ericaceae family).
    Viburnum trilobum is from the Adoxaceae family.

    From wikipedia regarding Viburnum trilobum: "Although often called "Highbush Cranberry", it is not a cranberry. The name comes from the red edible fruits which look superficially like cranberries, and have a similar flavour and ripen at the same time of year"
     
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    Thank you. And, for future reference, I also found viburnum trilobum listed in THE ORTHO PROBLEM SOLVER fifth edition.
     

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