I was pleased discover that the cranberry is a native species in Washington. The cranberry is an evergreen shrub of very short stature, or in some species, trailing vines, that thrives in acidic bogs throughout the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe and North America, favoring areas with distinct winters and autumns. Early European settlers in Massachusetts were introduced by the resident Pequot to an edible berry they called ibimi
, or "bitter berry. The cranberry is a member of the Vaccinium Oxycoccos
species, a close relative of bilberries, blueberries, huckleberries and the rhododendron, all members of Vaccinium
genus. The most common commercially grown cranberry is Vaccinium macrocarpon
, a species native to the bogs of North America.