Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Vaccinium ovalifolium (Oval Leaf Huckleberry)


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 Vaccinium L. blueberry


 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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