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Vaccinium parvifolium

Red Huckleberry
Ericaceae
Deciduous, Edible fruit, Shrubs

VACCINIUM

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 parvifolium

Native to California’s Sierra Nevada, Coast Ranges from Northern California to Alaska. Slow-growing plant, eventually reaching 4–12 ft. (rarely 18 ft.) tall and 6 ft. wide. Thin green branches with a spreading or cascading habit provide an intricate winter silhouette. Oval, thin-textured, light green leaves are 1/2–3/4 in. long. Greenish or whitish flowers are good in arrangements. Showy bright red berries can be used in jams, jellies, and pies. Partial or full shade; regular water.

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