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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 the species grown largely for its fruit, see Blueberry.

Vaccinium ovatum

Native to the Pacific coastal region, from the Santa Barbara area of Southern California north to British Columbia. Erect growth to 2–3 ft. tall and wide in sun, 8–10 ft. tall and wide in shade. Leathery, lustrous dark green leaves; bronzy or reddish when new. White or pinkish flowers are followed by black berries that are good in pies, jams, jellies, and syrups. Can be trimmed as a hedge or grown in containers. Cut branches are popular for arrangements. Sun or shade. Moderate to regular water.

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