Vaccinium 'Red Candy' Lingonberry

Vaccinium 'Red Candy' Lingonberry

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Cold Hardy to Zone 2 | Earlier, larger crop than most lingonberry
SKU 29073
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Key Characteristics

2 - 8

Mature Height

8 IN

Mature Width

10 IN

Sun / Shade

Part Shade, Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Vaccinium 'Red Candy' Lingonberry

Vaccinium 'Red Candy' is a highly attractive broadleaf evergreen subshrub, also called lingonberry or cowberry bush, valued not only for fruit production but also for ornamental purposes. An early- and heavy-flowering and -fruiting variety, Vaccinium 'Red Candy' Lingonberry blooms in loose, terminal clusters of small, nodding, pink-blushed white flowers in summer followed by abundant clusters of round scarlet berries. The berries are long-lasting on the shrub and attract birds and butterflies. The tart berries can be eaten fresh off the bush but are best sweetened with sugar and used in pies or other sweet treats, such as preserves, jellies, and lingonberry jam, which is very famous and popular in Sweden.

Vaccinium 'Red Candy' Lingonberry has a compact, low-growing, mat-forming habit, growing just 8 inches tall and 10 inches wide, that makes a gorgeous ground cover. Although it is an excellent container or specimen plant, it is shown to best effect when massed in the garden or landscape.

Extremely cold hardy and low maintenance, Vaccinium 'Red Candy' Lingonberry grows best in shady to shade-dappled locations with humus-rich, moist, well-draining soil, having an acidic pH.

A native plant, lingonberry is indigenous to North America. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Vaccinium
Species vitis-idaea
Variety 'Red Candy'
Plant Patent PP22105
Product Classification Fruit
Habit Compact
USDA Zone Low 2
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Part Shade, Shade
Bloom Color White
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Late Summer
Foliage Color Dark Green
Harvest Season Late Fall, Mid Fall
Resistance Cold Hardy
Special Features Berries, Bird Lovers, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Native
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cuisine, Fall Color, Winter Interest
Zone 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions CA, GA, GU, HI, ID, MI, OR, PR, VI, WA
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