Vaccinium ovatum Pursh
California huckleberry, Evergreen blueberry, Evergreen huckleberry
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Evergreen blueberry is an elegant, much-branched, evergreen shrub, 2-6 ft. tall, with a neat habit and attractive leaves. The leathery leaves are oval and shiny above, paler beneath. Axillary racemes of pink, bell-shaped flowers are followed by dark, edible berries. New growth in the spring is coppery red.
Birds and mammals eat the berries, which resemble blueberries.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Black, Purple Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
CA , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
W. of the Cascades from s.w. B.C. to n. CA & sporadic southward Native Habitat:
Dry, shaded slopes; moister, woodland edges USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Poor, acid, well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Slow-growing. May become spindly with extremes of moisture and shade.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds and mammals eat the berries.
Last Update: 2007-01-01