Vaccinium macrocarpon Ben Lear (Cranberry)

This low-growing evergreen shrub forms a mat of rooting stems bearing small, glossy leaves that emerge bronze, then turn green in summer when tiny pink-tinged white flowers bloom, then give way to bright red cranberries that ripen in fall. The foliage turns an attractive copper shade in winter, providing late season interest. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring to summer
0.5-1 ft tall x 2-3 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts pollinators
Groundcover

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Moderate Moisture

Red buds open to reveal blazing flame-red flowers on this heavy bloomer. Green foliage is disease resistant and turns red in the fall. Upright/erect form.

Blooms early to mid spring
2-3 ft tall x 3-4 ft spread
Deciduous
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Fragrant

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Tubular pink-tinged white flowers that look like little turtle heads bloom opposite each on stems of dark green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Host plant of the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.

Blooms mid summer to fall
2-3 ft tall x 1.5-2.5 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Tolerant to juglone

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Clusters of deep fuchsia flower buds open to reveal pink blooms with a contrasting pink-red blotch on glossy, deep green evergreen foliage, which remains attractive into the fall. Fast growth rate.

Blooms late spring
5-6 ft tall x 5-6 ft spread
Evergreen
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Fragrant
Rabbit resistant
Attracts pollinators

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This low-growing shrub has multiple stems of twiggy branches bearing glossy foliage that in spring is red-tinged green and becomes dark blue-green in summer, then turning burgundy in fall. Clusters of small, pink-flushed white flowers in spring give way to edible, powdery, sweet blueberries. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring to summer
1-2 ft tall x 2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts pollinators

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This herbaceous perennial features small, trilobal, bright violet blue flowers with yellow stamens in the centre on stems sprouting up among bright green grass-like leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer
1-1.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts pollinators

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This low-growing evergreen shrub forms a mat of rooting stems bearing small, glossy leaves that emerge bronze, then turn green in summer when tiny pink-tinged white flowers bloom, then give way to large, bright red cranberries that ripen in fall. The foliage turns an attractive copper shade in winter, providing late season interest. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring to summer
0.5-1 ft tall x 1-3 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts pollinators
Groundcover

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