American cranberrybush provides two seasons of interest: spring and fall. In spring, the medium to dark green maple-like dense foliage provides a backdrop to the 2-4″ flat-topped clusters of flowers that bloom from May through early June. The showy lacecap flower heads have a center core of small inconspicuous fertile flowers that are surrounded by an outer ring of showy sterile flowers. Autumn is the main season of interest for this species because of the colorful combination of pendant style berries and fall foliage in tones of yellow, red, and purple. The fruit turn red or orange and are showy from August through October. The fruit of American cranberrybush are tart but edible and are used for making preserves.

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