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Tree Campus: American Cranberry Bush

Tree Campus SCC is a multi-year and interdisciplinary college initiative to document, map, and celebrate the incredible diversity of trees planted on the campus. With over 200 species, Shoreline Community College is an arboreal paradise that deserves to b


American Cranberry Bush

Viburnum trilobum var. americanum (ADOXACEAE)



N. North America, esp. East (PNW native)



"American cranberrybush is a good wildlife food and cover plant for small mammals and birds. Twigs are eaten by deer, moose and beaver. Fruits are a staple winter food for ruffed grouse and are eaten sparingly by pheasants and at least five species of songbirds." [1]


Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"Berries turn black in drying and have been used for making ink... Some Viburnum species are used as a nerve sedative and anti-spasmatic for asthma, cramps, palpitation, heart disease and rheumatism." [2]



"Humans find the fruit tart but edible and excellent as a preserve or sauce... The shrub is useful as a medium tall hedge or border for screening or a windbreak... It is an attractive flowering landscape plant for use in odd areas or in group plantings around homes and farm ponds. The fruit is a bright red which increases its ornamental value." [1]



[1] USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program. (2002, February 5). AMERICAN CRANBERRYBUSH Plant Fact Sheet. Retrieved May 10, 2020, from

[2] Herman, D. E., Stange, C. M., & Quam, V. C. (Eds.). (n.d.). American Cranberrybush. Retrieved May 10, 2020, from

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