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Vaccinium ovalifolium (Oval-leaf blueberry)
Weyand, Phyllis

Vaccinium ovalifolium

Vaccinium ovalifolium Sm.

Oval-leaf blueberry

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: VAOV

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

A 2-4 ft. blueberry with large, oval leaves. Flowers occur singly from leaf axils, hanging from a long pedicel. Flowers are bell-shaped and bronzy-pink. They are succeeded by glaucous or non-glaucous, bluish-black, edible berries.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf: Green
Flower:
Fruit: Black, Blue
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun

Distribution

USA: AK , ID , MI , MT , OR , SD , WA
Canada: BC , NL , NS , ON
Native Distribution: Along the coast and in the Cascades from n.w. OR to AK
Native Habitat: Conifer forests

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Propagation

Description: Vaccinium species are propagated by seeds, cuttings and rooted suckers of offshoots.
Seed Treatment: Dormancy varies. Cold-moist stratification may be necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC UPL FACU UPL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Vaccinium ovalifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vaccinium ovalifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vaccinium ovalifolium

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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