Lingonberries have been grown for many years, and is one of those foods collected by the Vikings! Although more popular in Europe, Lingonberries are great for making jams and jellies, used in cooking, and also make a great looking landscaping plant.
The Lingonberry is hardy from Zones 3 to 8, and only gets up to 12 inches tall. They prefer full sun, and the fall colors include
and purple shades. They spread by undergound roots, and will quickly fill in bare spots. Care and
upkeep on these berries is easy, they basically only need watering. Like the blueberries, Lingons also like an acidic soil, so if you add gypsum or sulphur, that will help. .
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American Cranberry Bush
These are really pretty shrubs to plant in the landscape, but they also produce tart edible berries. There are two types of cranberries - the low-growing type and the "high bush" type. The American Cranberry Bush (Viburnum sp.) is a high-bush type
getting up to ten feet tall, but not related to the low-growing bog-form Cranberries (Vaccinium sp.) that you get during the holidays. These are hardier and most adaptable to most growing conditions, and still produce a tart semi-edible berry. They
like full sun and plenty of water, and like the Blueberries and Lingonberries, these are acid-loving plants also. The American Cranberry Bush is very hardy, able to tolerate wet ground down to Zone 2 and up to Zone 9.
The Aronia Berry - Red & Black
Something relative new to the landscape and berry farm are the Aronia Berries. There are several native species, but the Red and the Black Aronias are becoming increasingly popular throughout Zones 4 to 8. Some stores now carry Aronia Berry juice, but
the berries are tart by themselves. In the landscape design, these are a nice small to medium sized shrub. These are related to the Roses. Tart, yet usable in cooking, jam, and juices, these add color and uitility to the yard!
Ever eat a Paw Paw? They have a custard-like texture and taste somewhere between a banana and a mango! Very interesting... and versatile! You can learn more about these by Clicking here.
Elderberry Pie! You can make your own, or Elderberry wine, and Elderberry jam! These like partial shade to full sun, a moderate amount of water, and these will get up to about ten feet tall with clusters of blue berries!
There are other berry producing shrubs that are great to add to a landscape design or a berry patch. These include -
American Cranberry Bush
Paw Paw Tree
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
A couple other "Edibles" include the -
Black Cherry and Yoshino Cherry
Using these in the landscaping plan, either plant rows or mix with other plants. There are many ways to incorporate these into the yard, and it may just be best to sketch it out on paper or walk around the yard. In general, plant the shrub-types 4 to 6 feet apart, and the trees space wider at 6 to 10 feet apart or more depending on which types. If the plants have berries, place them where there are no sidewalks or other areas where fallen fruit would become a mess... The larger trees like the Oaks, Walnuts, and Hickories, need plenty of room to grow, and put those where walkways, pipes, and other sensitive concerns will not be effected in future years.
You can see these in the Virtual Catalog. These other edible plants are best known for their landscaping qualities, but they do produce semi-edible fruits. Like the oaks need a special processing before they can be eaten, and some of these berries need sugar to counter their acidic tartness. If nothing else, these do enhance the food source for birds and other wildlife, besides adding a richness to the landscape design.
Add these to the landscape design. Either for the unique beauty each of these has, or to enhance wildlife. Or, consider growing small quantities of these to sell locally...
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