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Blueberry Pilgrim

Vaccinium macrocarpon Pilgrim

Good fruit production and ornamental plant

Low growing and evergreen, this cranberry bears beautiful, pink, summer flowers and red autumn berries that are perfect for making sauces and juicing.


Best in a sunny spot at the front of a border or looks great cascading from hanging baskets or growing in a container on a sunny patio.


Best in a moist but well drained, lime-free soil which will not dry out in summer. If growing in a container use ericaceous compost - specially formulated for acid-loving plants. Keep well watered through the summer. Mulch with ericaceous compost each spring.

Pilgrim' is an American Cranberry, native to the north of that continent. The tart cranberries are nutrient rich and ideal for sauces and juices.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 15 cm
Plant width 20 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 5 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting July - September
Cropping August - September

Typically available

From March to September