Vaccinium ovatum

Also known as:

  • Evergreen Huckleberry
  • Box Blueberry

Plant Type

shrub, fruit / vegetable

Zones

7a-10b

Size

H:4'-12'
W:4'-6'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

acidic, well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

white, pink

Wildlife:

birds, deer resistant

Fruit:

purple, black

Flower Season:

spring

Texture:

glossy

Foliage Season:

evergreen

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Rochester, Washington

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Scappoose, Oregon

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Elma, Washington

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Elma, Washington

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We grow our own selected representative of this evergreen native of Western North America and propagate it vegetatively to maintain its superior spring foliage color and compact habit. New growth is bronze-red. The flowers, which are abundant in mid- to late spring, are white. They are followed by a smattering of small, but very tasty, purplish-black fruits. Florists use the branches as decorative greens. Will grow in protected areas of zone 6. Upright, spreading habit.

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Description by: Garden World

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Hubbard, Oregon

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This evergreen shrub has thick, leathery dark green foliage. It flowers with pink, bell-shaped clusters that appear in late spring to early summer. The flowers turn into bluish black berries that are edible and good for snacking, baking or wine. The size of this plant largely depends upon sun exposure. In the shade it can get as tall as 10', but in the full sun will stay very compact, probably about 3'. Growth Rate medium

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Port Townsend, Washington

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Springfield, Oregon

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Small, white flowers appear in spring against a backdrop of small, pointed, glossy leaves. New growth comes in a burgundy red maturing to dark green. In late summer clusters of huckleberries attract people and bears alike. Full to filtered sun in evenly moist, well drained acidic soils.

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Scappoose, Oregon

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Description by: The Watershed Nursery

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Richmond, California

510-234-2222

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An evergreen shrub that grows to 2-3' in the sun and and up to 12' tall and 10' wide in the shade. Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soils. This remarkable evergreen native shrub is valuable in the landscape. The small, ovate, evergreen foliage looks good year round, has little pinkish urn-shaped flowers March - May, followed by edible glossy, blackish-purple berries. In a partial shade garden, the shrubs are a beautiful backdrop for mixed borders. In a full shade garden, grow it as a tall evergreen hedge. In a full sun garden, it will produce more berries but it will not grow as tall as it will in the shade garden. Native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Many species of birds and small mammals consume the berries Both birds and mammals use the thickets as hiding, resting, or nesting sites. Flowers attract butterflies. Berries of many Vaccinium spp. were eaten fresh, commonly mixed with oil, or dried into cakes for wintertime nutrition. Found in low elevation forests, especially at edges and canopy openings. Communities located in Redwood Forest, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest.

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Stanwood, Washington

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Blooms: spring-, white-pink, tasty black fruit in fall/ evergreen glossy, dark green foliage Zone 7-9. 2'-6', PNW, shade-sun, moist, well drained

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Williams, Oregon

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In addition to its usefulness for edible berries & cut evergreens, this is an excellent garden shrub, "beautiful at all seasons" (Haskin), with a compact habit, small glossy dark-green leaves (bronzy when young) & pink flowers. Sun-PSh/Med

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Rochester, Washington

360-273-9567

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NW Native, white flowers spring, reddish new growth, purple-blue berries, Deer Resistant. Zones 7-9

Description by: Greer Gardens Inc.

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Eugene, Oregon

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The evergreen huckleberry offers both great fruit and great beauty for a partially shady to shady place in the landscape. It grows slowly at first, eventually reaching 12' with a dense, upright structure and green glossy leaves. In spring small white flowers appear, later turning red, and maturing to delicious, almost black huckleberries. Native to the Northwest, this is an excellent plant to naturalize in cool, moist, well draining areas. Withstands summer drought once established.

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Portland, Oregon

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lowland Pacific NW US. Grows from 3-15' tall with glossy small dark green leaves, profuse small pinkish white bell flowers in tight clusters followed by blackish-purple fruit.

Description by: Far Reaches Farm

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Port Townsend, Washington

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Native Evergreen Huckleberry. One of the finest ornamental plants around. If we found this in China, we would think we had just found sliced bread. An amazingly beautiful plant tolerant of sun or shade, moist or dry with nice small white flowers and black fruit perfect in muffins or pancakes.

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Sequim, Washington

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This Northwest native broadleaf evergreen has been a popular garden plant for many years. We like its tough little leaves, bronzy or bright red new growth, and showy spring bell-like flowers. These are followed by little dark blue fruits in autumn that birds also appreciate. It may eventually reach 6' tall or more, but it usually slow growing and easy to keep smaller if needed. Its ecology is not always well understood by gardeners: although it sometimes grows on dry, poor sites in the wild; it does not like dry, exposed sites, compacted soil, or poor drainage in cultivation. Grown in full sun, it requires moist, well amended soil; in shade, it is less particular. Hardy to at least -10 °F once established, but new growth may be damaged by frost if not hardened off.

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Glossy dark green leaves with ornamental bronze new growth. Pale pink urn-like flowers produce black fruit. 5' x 5'

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