Highbush Cranberry grows in moist areas of North America's boreal forest. A large shrub - 8-15 ft high and almost as wide - it has large (2-4 in long), 3-lobed leaves that resemble maple leaves but are more wrinkled. The leaves are glossy green in summer turning red in the fall.
The flat, umbrella-shaped clusters of white flowers can be seen from May to July. The clusters of red berry-like fruit ripen in late summer and have a musky odor. The fruit is an important food source for over-wintering birds as it is available all winter long.