Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

American Cranberry Requires Little Pruning

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

American Cranberry Requires Little Pruning

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Q * I have an American cranberry that I didn't get a chance to cut back this year. Can you tell me when is the best time to prune, but I want to be able to keep as many berries as possible?

A * The American cranberry bush viburnum (Viburnum trilobum) blooms on old wood in mid- to late May. Pruning anytime before it flowers next spring will remove flower buds and reduce the subsequent berry display. Plants normally require little pruning except to cut out any dead wood whenever it occurs. If the removal of live wood is necessary, it is best done right after flowering.

The American cranberry bush viburnum is a multistemmed shrub that grows about 8 to 12 feet tall and wide. Rather than cutting back the entire bush, just selectively remove only about a third of the thickest old stems close to ground level every year or two. …

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