- The cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs.
- Cranberries are tart, round, deep red berries, grown primarily in wet, sandy coastal lands, or bogs, in the northeastern United States.
- They are available fresh autumn through early winter and frozen year-round. Cranberries are low, creeping shrubs to 10 cm tall (often less), with slender, wiry stems, not thickly woody, and small evergreen leaves.
- The flowers are dark pink, with very distinct reflexed petals, leaving the style and stamens fully exposed and pointing forward.
- The fruit is a berry that is larger than the leaves of the plant. It is initially white, but turns a deep red when fully ripe.
- The name cranberry probably derives from their being a favorite food of cranes, though some sources claim the name comes from "'craneberry' because before the flower expands, its stem, calyx, and petals resembled the neck, head, and bill of a crane".