Ben Lear Cranberry


Ben Lear Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is renowned for its large, deep red berries that burst with flavor. This early-season variety promises a generous harvest, perfect for holiday dishes or fresh consumption. Its hardy nature and consistent yields make it a top choice for cranberry enthusiasts.

6-12″ Bareroot

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Environmental Requirements

Cold Tolerance: USDA Zone 2-5
Soil pH: 4.0-5.5
Soil Type: Peat, sandy
Water Requirements: Moderate, consistent moisture
Sunlight Requirements: Full sun
Drought Tolerance: Low
Heat Tolerance: Moderate
Chilling Hours: None

Size and Spacing

Plant Size: 6-8″ tall, 3-4′ wide
Plant Spacing: 2-3′ apart
Growth Habit: Creeping, trailing
Rootstock: Own Roots

Pollination and Flowering

Pollination Requirements: Requires cross-pollination
Pollination Mechanisms: Insects (bees)
Bloom Time: June-July
Flower Color: Pink

Fruit Characteristics

Berry Size: 0.5″
Berry Flavor: Tart
Berry Color and Appearance Dark red, round
Harvest Time: September-October
Yield & Storage: High, store in a cool, dry place
Years to Bear: 3-4

Disease and Pest Susceptibility

Cranberry Fruit Rot (Phytophthora cinnamomi): Moderately Susceptible
False Blossom (Phytoplasma spp.): Moderately Susceptible
Cranberry Tipworm (Dasineura oxycoccana): Moderately Susceptible
Leaf Spot (Cercospora spp.): Moderately Susceptible
Cranberry Girdler (Chrysoteuchia topiaria): Moderately Susceptible
Cranberry Fruitworm (Acrobasis vaccinii): Moderately Susceptible

Additional Plant Characteristics

Growth Habit: Creeping, trailing
Foliage Color: Dark green
Fall Color: Red
Lifespan: 50+ years

Additional Information

Toxicity: Non-toxic
Invasive Potential: Low
Native Range: Native to North America
Nitrogen Fixing: No