Vaccinium ovatum

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 Vaccinium ovatum subsp. var.  Box blueberry, Evergreen huckleberry, California huckleberry
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Habit: shrub
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 3 ft to 5 ft
Width: 3 ft to 5 ft
Lifespan: perennial
Origin: Pacific NW into British Columbia
Exposure: sun, part-sun, shade
Water: moist
Features: evergreen, edible, fruit
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USDA Zones: 7 to 10.5
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Flower features:
Ericaceae > Vaccinium ovatum var. , Pursh

Vaccinium ovatum is a species of flowering shrub known by the common names evergreen huckleberry and California huckleberry.

It is a small to medium sized evergreen shrub native to the Pacific Northwest of the United States and into British Columbia.

It is a true huckleberry plant, growing well in shade or sun and thriving in acidic soils. Not needing much sun, the plant has a wide variety of forest homes; it is often seen sprouting out of old Coast Redwood stumps or dense brambles of other forest growths. The shiny, alternately arranged leaves are 2 to 3 centimeters long and about a centimeter wide with finely serrated edges.[1] During the summer the plant produces round, edible black berries up to a centimeter in diameter. Traditionally these berries were sought after and collected by many Native American tribes along the Pacific coast in the region.[2]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Vaccinium ovatum, Pursh. An erect, rigid, evergreen shrub, 2-8 ft. high, with pubescent branchlets: lvs. 1/2 - 1 in. long, thick and firm, very numerous, shining, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, acute, minutely and acutely serrulate, glabrous or nearly so, bright green both sides: fls. in short and close axillary clusters; deciduous bracts usually red; corolla campanulate, 1/4 in. long, rose-color or nearly white; calyx-lobes acute, red: berries black, acid, with or without bloom. Moist woods, Vancouver to Monterey, Calif.—"A distinctly western species, and one of California's most beautiful hedge-plants, but not well known. It is very tenacious of life and bears pruning well. It is prop. from suckers, cuttings, and seeds, which last it bears freely."

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