Lingonberry. Vaccinium vitis-idaea, is a low bush plant native to Northern Europe. The small red berries dubbed superfruits are due to their high antioxidant benefits, nutritional profile, and high levels of vitamins C and E. With the recent interest in healthy eating people have been turning to foods that are nutrient rich.
It is enjoyed in many dishes that one would use cranberries, and the loved Lingonberry Jam. They make a great healthy addition to smoothies, main dishes, and desserts.
Lingonberry is a low plant that grows to just 0.3 m (1 ft) high and 20 cm (8”) wide. It requires partial to full sun and well drained loamy soil. It begins bearing fruit in 1 to 2 years. Its uses include fruit production, ground cover, planters, and containers. Suited for zones 5-8.
We recommend two or more cultivars for optimum pollination needed to obtain the largest fruits.
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'Red Pearl' lingonberry is a selection from the Netherlands. The plant grows to about 30cm (1 foot) at maturity and spreads more widely. The plants have medium vigor, averaging about 0.5 kg (1 pound) per one square foot area. Red Pearl has good disease resistance. The plant comes in a 3.25 inch container. Suited for zones 2-7.
‘New Farm’ lingonberry grows to about 30-40 cm (12-15”) tall and spreads outward wider than high. The small flower set occurs in July with more flowering in late summer. The plants produce medium to high yields. The fruits are medium to large and deep to light red. Foliage is healthy and has shown no disease symptoms. 3.25" pot size. Hardiness zones 2-7.
‘Regal’ lingonberry originated at the University of Wisconsin. Plants grow to a height of 20-30 cm (8-12”). Plants have good vigor with good quality berries. Plants show good resistance to root disease. 1 liter pot size. Hardy from zones 2-7.
‘Ruby’ lingonberry originated from a Swedish University. It is a moderate growing selection to a height of 30 cm (12”). Fruit ripens in September and lasts for several weeks, producing high yields. Fruits are medium red and the plants have good vigor. Comes in 1 liter size. Hardy from zones 2-7.