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Evergreen Huckleberry

  • Scientific Name: Vaccinium ovatum
  • Garden: Wildlife Garden
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Dry

Plant Information

Evergreen huckleberry is a fantastic native broadleaf evergreen shrub. It is well adapted to shady sites and will accept full sun with regular irrigation. Well established shrubs require less water. Rich, humusy woodland soil is its favorite haunt and it will grow moderately fast to a rounded outline of 8′ tall and 6′ wide. The new growth is a beautiful salmon pink before changing to deep green. In spring and early summer small white urn shaped flowers are pretty and transform into tasty black fruits in autumn. Amazing in muffins, pies. It has an interesting natural distribution along the immediate coast in most of Oregon but veering inland at Douglas County to almost the Cascade foothills. In Puget Sound it seems to be most prominent within sight of salt-water. Easy to grow good garden plant. Oregon native plant.

Plant type: Hedge or Screen, Shrub
Sun exposure: Part Shade
Biome: Dry Shade, Low Water/No Water, Oregon Coast, Western Native
USDA Hardiness zone: Zn7a 5º to 0ºF
Foliage color: Dark Green
Foliage season: Evergreen

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VAOV full BB, VAOV Fruit BB, VAOV Leaf BB (©2020 Barbara Bloomfield), VAOV Flower (©2022 Cheri Moland)