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Small Cranberry
Vaccinium oxycoccos

This is one of two species of cranberry; the other, large cranberry is the one used in cooking. The easiest way to identify them is probably the leaves -- on small cranberry, the leaf edges are generally rolled under (see images below). The two plants also differ in the size of their fruit -- a quarter to half inch long on small cranberry, and a half to one inch on large cranberry.

• Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
• Habitat: bogs, especially in cool areas
• Height: 1-4 inches
• Flower size: 3/8 inch long
• Flower color: pink
• Flowering time: May to July
• Origin: native

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Vaccinium oxycoccos
Vaccinium oxycoccos
A stem of small cranberry, showing the undersides of the leaves. The leaf edges are rolled under.
Vaccinium macrocarpon
A stem of large cranberry for comparison. Note that the leaf edges are not rolled under.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.