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Vaccinium ovatum
Vaccinium ovatum

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Vaccinium ovatum

Evergreen Huckleberry
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Shrubs


Excellent ornamental shrubs that include native and non-native cranberries, huckleberries, lingonberries, and blueberries. Each produces clusters of tiny, bell-shaped flowers in spring, plus colorful, edible berries that attract birds and hikers.

Most require organically enriched, acid soil, and thrive in woodland gardens. For specific info about edible Blueberries see that entry.

Vaccinium ovatum

Native to the Pacific Northwest and California. Erect growth to 2–3 ft. high and wide in sun, 8–10 ft. tall and broad in shade. Leathery, lustrous dark evergreen leaves reach 1 1/4 in. long; they're bronzy or reddish when new. White or pinkish flowers are followed by black berries that are good in pies, jams, jellies, syrups.

Can be trimmed as a hedge or grown in containers. Cut branches are popular for arrangements.

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