Vaccinium ovatum - Evergreen Huckleberry - Tasty Berries, Flower Arrangements

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Vaccinium ovatum - Evergreen Huckleberry  

Evergreen huckleberries, a broadleaf evergreen shrub, native to the Pacific coastal forests offers a beautiful compact shrub and tasty berries. Will be 4 foot tall and wide if grown in full sun and up to 10 foot tall if grown in full shade and not pruned.

If Planting In The Ground

Likes an acidic, slightly moist, well drained soil and regular water similar to what blueberries like. Grows in USDA Zones 7-9 and Zone 6 with wind and winter protection. Evergreen huckleberry plants need a soil similar to what blueberry plants need. Adding 30 % fir or pine sawdust or 20% peat moss to your soil will lower pH naturally. Soil pH of 4.5 - 5.5 is ideal. Planting in ground will give you the best fruit production.

If Planting In A Container

Also makes a great container plant for the patio where you can water frequently. Evergreen Huckleberry plants are not house plants. If planting in a container:
Soil should be well draining, but contain approximately:

30% - 3/8" minus- Fine Fir Bark, unscreened.
30% - Fir sawdust

16% -  3/8" minus Natural Cascade Mountain Volcanic Pumice.  Unscreened.

12% - Peat Moss

12% - Perlite

If planting in a container, use only low salt fertilizers which state on the label, Meant for Container Growing. If you cannot find the potting mix components locally, we sell a Blueberry Potting mix and Fir Sawdust on our website.

Small pinkish white flowers emerge in spring, followed by berries that turn red in summer before ripening  to a dark blue-black color in the Fall. Flowers are enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Berries are favorite of humans, birds, and numerous wildlife. Our plants are grown from disease free tissue culture stock. They are potted plants, not bare root plants that have been dug up in the wild.

The evergreen leaves and branches are used in floral arrangements and to make huckleberry leaf tea.