Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Vaccinium ovalifolium (Oval Leaf Huckleberry)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Dilleniidae

Order

 Ericales

Family

 Ericaceae Heath family

Genus

 Vaccinium L. blueberry

Species

 Vaccinium ovalifolium Sm. oval-leaf blueberry

A deciduous huckleberry, this shrub is found from Alaska to Oregon and east across much of Canada and the northern states. It is hardy from USDA zones 1-9.

It requires an acidic, even extremely acidic soil. If you have a neutral or alkaline soil, be sure to add elemental sulfur and peat moss to the planting hole and/or mulch with shredded oak leaves or pine needles.

The oval leaves grow on reddish twigs that bear delicious and plentiful berries. They are and blue-black with bluish bloom.

This species is often found growing with Mountain Huckleberry. It spreads rapidly to form thickets.

 

For a short comparison of northwest native huckleberry family plants, click here

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